An entirely different matter altogether; a separate issue or sub-issue from the topic being discussed, usu. one that would take too long to explain properly; a matter to be dealt with at a later time.

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  • If one takes "ball of wax" to mean "a whole topic", then this implies it is a different one. Likely uses the shortened form of "another" ("'nother") instead of "other" to make it flow more smoothly.
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1. "Apples are genetically related to potatoes." "What about pineapples?" "That's a whole 'nother ball of wax."
2. "The clinical trial was a success!" "What about the control group?" "Oh, that's a whole 'nother ball of wax, since it got contaminated and I ended up being up to my eyes in mold."
3. "I've had it up to here with this thing! And don't even get me started on the cultural implications, that's a whole 'nother ball of wax!"
4. "What happened then?" "Well, that's a whole 'nother ball of wax. I'll tell you about it some other time."
5. "What about him?" "Him? Oh, he's a whole 'nother ball of wax. Got involved in a bunch of crazy stuff."

Submitted by Turtle on January 16, 2022

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