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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.
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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.
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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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It is also available as part of a $290 bundled package that includes SQL Data Compare, which compares and synchronizes the contents of Microsoft SQL Server databases, and COMpare, which compares type library information in ActiveX components.
Red Gate Software announces a new and improved version of SQL Compare, a simple $195 software tool for comparing and synchronizing SQL 7 and SQL 2000 database structure and contents.
The new version is not about features, but methods of making SQL Compare smoother and simpler to use," says Neil Davidson, Red Gate Software's technical director.
Before SQL Compare we used to print out object definitions from both databases to be compared and eyeball the differences," says Janine Bocciardi, a database administrator with Real Consulting LLC, a California firm that writes software and maintains databases for clients in the insurance industry.
SQL Compare also helps Real Consulting do complete comparisons before moving databases into production.
Ronald Nooner, a senior systems integration analyst with the Idaho State Department of Labor, says that SQL Compare has helped the department get its development, test and production databases completely in sync for the first time in 2-1/2 years.
Both Bocciardi and Nooner say they never had to look at the help file in installing and using SQL Compare.
Elanex is willing to compare its Epoetin Omega at any moment to the NESP product as soon as NESP is available to Elanex, and intends to do so to achieve a head to head comparison.
Elanex is quite optimistic that the serum concentration of Epoetin Omega will compare very well to that of NESP, and potentially offer doctors similar competitive advantages to that of NESP.
Since Elanex Epoetin Omega has compared so well going head to head against Epoetin Alfa, Elanex looks forward to the opportunity to compare its Epoetin Omega to that of NESP, so as to let the medical community know of the properties of the respective products.
This compares with net earnings applicable to common shares of $226.
Wednesday announced a third quarter loss of $(2,704,000) or (58 cents) per share, which compares to the restated earnings of $183,000 or 4 cents per share for the like period last year.