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go gathering orange blossoms

To look for a wife. The phrase refers to the frequent use of orange blossoms as wedding decorations symbolizing the bride's innocence. I'm quite certain that Sir Andrew went to town to go gathering orange blossoms, so we'd best get ready for a wedding!

mix apples and oranges

To combine or compare two different things. You can't compare your job as a nurse to mine as an engineer—that's mixing apples and oranges!
See also: and, apple, mix, orange

apples and oranges

Two unlike things or people. Oh, you can't compare those two companies, they're apples and oranges! My mom and my mother-in-law are just apples and oranges and should not be left alone in the same room for too long.
See also: and, apple, orange

apples and oranges

Fig. two entities that are not similar. (Used especially in reference to comparisons of unlike things.) You can't talk about Fred and Ted in the same breath! They're like apples and oranges. Talking about her current book and her previous bestseller is like comparing apples and oranges.
See also: and, apple, orange

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

apples and oranges

if two people or things are apples and oranges, they are completely different You can't compare inner city schools and schools in the suburbs - they're apples and oranges.
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apples and oranges

Unlike objects or persons, as in Assessing the problems of the neighborhood grocery by examining a giant supermarket is comparing apples and oranges . This metaphor for dissimilarity began as apples and oysters, which appeared in John Ray's proverb collection of 1670. It is nearly always accompanied by a warning that one cannot compare such different categories.
See also: and, apple, orange

apples to oranges

and A2O
phr. & comp. abb. [but that’s comparing] apples to oranges; [You are] making an unfair comparison. Chevvies and Beemers! That’s apples to oranges! They’re not even in the same class! It’s A2O! What can I say?
See also: apple, orange
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This is a pure orangy red and is real star in the high summer and autumn garden.
Kaleidoscope' (1999 AARS winner): Small (2- to 2 1/2-inch-wide), double flowers are orangy tan with yellow centers on a 2- to 4-foot-tall shrub.
Matthew Perry, who must have OD'd on Ben Affleck's orangy face tanner, hung out with his bell-bottomed gal pal Rachel Dunn, who hugged the former ``Friend'' while he smoked a cigarette.
She should wear black to promote tranquility, orangy rusts for harmony and browns to calm her mind and introduce more water and earth energy.
The other creature is the orangy, small tortoiseshell butterfly, which also hibernates in coolish places and wakes up if it becomes too warm .
It was a thin cloth that smelled absolutely gorgeous and it left a delicious orangy smell.
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He gets my red hair," Hammett says, pointing at Jackson with his thumb, as he takes off his white baseball cap to expose his orangy mop.