tell (someone or something) apart

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tell (someone or something) apart

To be able to discern or distinguish two or more people or things that appear or seem similar. This one is real, and this one is the counterfeit—you can tell them apart by the small holographic mark at the top corner of the genuine document. Even our parents sometimes have trouble telling me and my brother apart.
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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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References in classic literature ?
How do you tell them apart, Roxy, when they haven't any clothes on?
It was so hard to tell them apart," explained the hen.
Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never tell them apart.
Since the colors are so similar between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, one way to tell them apart would be through the position of the flash.
Even their own spouses have struggled to tell them apart.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Jul 19 (ANI): Kylie Jenner recently unveiled her new wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood and it is so lifelike that even her family couldn't tell them apart.
Bawab explained that as the twins grow older, it can be more difficult for teachers to tell them apart, so as they progress through school, the administrators have to separate them into different classes.
When they were babies the Gilberts used different-coloured nail varnish to tell them apart, but now they're walking it is their shoes that are colour co-ordinated.
It is nearly impossible to tell them apart when they dress nearly the same and use the same equipment.
The only way to tell them apart is Mansour's Afro is even thicker than PS27million midfielder Marouane's.
Karen, 33, from Pontypool, Wales, said: "It's not a fashion statement, we struggle to tell them apart.
Apparently, you can tell them apart from other spiders as they have a skull-like pattern on their bodies.
to tell them apart at a glance, has kept itself deliberately modest in size, after owners said that it was exactly as they liked it.
29 Lidl's version features a lion in a red baseball cap against the iconic Tony the Tiger but once out of the packet you couldn't tell them apart.
Its bad enough that black actresses and black women in general are almost invisible in Hollywood and fashion, now a major fashion publication cannot seem to tell them apart.