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compare notes on someone or something

to share observations on someone or something. We took a little time to compare notes on our ancestors and have discovered that we are cousins.
See also: compare, note, on

compare someone or something to someone or something

to liken people or things to other people or things; to say that some people or things have the same qualities as other people or things. (See the comment at compare someone or something with someone or something.) l can only compare him to a cuddly teddy bear. He compared himself to one of the knights of the round table.
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compare someone or something with someone or something

to consider the sameness or difference of sets of things or people. (This phrase is very close in meaning to compare someone or something to someone or something, but for some connotes stronger contrast.) Let's compare the virtues of savings accounts with investing in bonds. When I compare Roger with Tom, I find very few similarities. Please compare Tom with Bill on their unemployment records.
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compare apples and oranges

to examine the similarities of things that are completely different Comparing the average wages of workers and managers is like trying to compare apples and oranges.
Usage notes: usually used to explain that two things cannot be compared
See also: and, apple, compare, orange

compare notes

to exchange information and opinions We met at the coffee shop to compare notes on our new boss. The two sisters always compared notes.
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compare notes

if two people compare notes, they tell each other what they think about something that they have both done We'd had the same boyfriend at different times in our life so it was quite interesting to compare notes.
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beyond comparison

Also, without comparison or beyond compare . Too superior to be compared, unrivaled, as in This view of the mountains is beyond comparison, or That bakery is without comparison. The first term, more common today than the much older variants, was first recorded in 1871. Without comparison goes back to 1340, and without compare to 1621.
See also: beyond, comparison

compare notes

Exchange information, observations, or opinions about something, as in Michael and Jane always compare notes after a department meeting. This term originally referred to written notes. [c. 1700]
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compare notes

To exchange ideas, views, or opinions.
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Comme la periode de suivi apres un accident n'est pas la meme au Quebec (8 jours) et en Ontario (30 jours), nous avons applique un facteur correcteur pour comparer les victimes pietons decedees entre les deux provinces.
The third frame of the triptych, "Un seul corps pour comparer," contains no proper names at all but follows a virtually archetypal publicity tour for a writer and translator, both nameless, and an untitled text.
Le ministere de l'Electricite a annonce que la capacite maximale du reseau a atteint 24140 Megawatts durant les periodes d'apogee de consommation energetique a comparer avec une capacite de 22 MW dans les conditions ordinaires.
L'etude souligne cependant que l'exploitation des ressources de l'Egypte depend de l'instauration d'un systeme judiciaire dote surtout de transparence et d'un taux inferieur de corruption, a comparer avec l'Ancien regime.
L'afflux des touristes durant cette periode a enregistre une hausse de 1,29% a comparer avec 2011.
La premiere table-ronde permettra de comparer les objectifs de chaque Etat pour acquerir une meilleure comprehension de leurs besoins du marche.
Bentaleb pense qu'il n'y a pas lieu de comparer cette generation avec celle de 1982.
Il dira, a cet effet, qu'[beaucoup moins que] il y aura prochainement une reunion interministerielle pour evaluer convenablement les politiques et les dispositifs mis en place a ce jour par l'Etat et les comparer a ce qui se fait dans les autres pays [beaucoup plus grand que].
Et [much less than] volulant comparer des comparables [much greater than], il n'a retenu que les auteurs masculins.
Selon le responsable, il n'y a pas lieu de comparer entre les chocs precedents, notamment ceux de 1986 et de 1998 et l'actuel recul des prix du petrole du fait que l'Algerie jouit d'une position financiere sans precedent a la faveur d'une dette publique n'excedant pas 8% du PIB, l'un des taux les plus faibles au monde.
C'est une exception et c'est pour cela qu'on ne peut guere se comparer aux autres.
Volume d'investissement minime a comparer avec le poids des pays africains et la profondeur des relations de l'Egypte avec ces pays.
Une avance de 1,3 point a comparer aux 3,6 points de debut juillet, meme si le specialiste des sondages Nate Silver, sur le site du New York Times, accorde a M.
Le ministre a fait un rappel pour comparer l'evolution positive du nombre de participations de 2006 a 2014.
beaucoup plus grand que] Comment voyez-vous le niveau des surfeurs marocains participant a ce championnat, comparer aux surfeurs internationaux?