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tell (somebody/something) apart

also tell which is which
to be able to see the difference between one person or thing and another One guy's a Democrat and the other's a Republican, but it wasn't always easy to tell them apart. The twins are no longer as hard to tell apart as when they were little babies. She held out two flowers, but I couldn't tell which was which.
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tell apart

Discern or distinguish, as in It's hard to tell the twins apart. [First half of 1900s]
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tell apart

v.
To perceive something as being different or distinct from something else: I couldn't tell apart the real $20 bill from the counterfeit one. The twins were identical, and we couldn't tell them apart.
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They do ask you to keep it in strict confidence but there wasn't really anyone to tell apart from my wife and son.
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It would also have to touch on how the battle for middle England has made Labour and Conservatives often impossible to tell apart, the wars we're fighting in various parts of the world or how the Olympics has unexpectedly renewed national pride.
The sisters were tough to tell apart when they were born.
The closer the beam is to the plate, the larger the dissipation, and the easier it will be to tell apart the two trajectories.
Having said all that, they're still not easy to tell apart.