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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Before I returned from Tunis, I discussed the red lines with the Prime Minister, and I talked with [former] Premier Saad Hariri about telling apart the designations that could depict Hezbollah," Mashnouq told a TV interview.
Consistent with previous reports, 5-month-old infants were found to equally tell apart faces from both races, whereas 9-month-old infants were better at telling apart two faces within their own race, Scott and colleagues reported.
DAISY and Poppy Sutherland are one set of twins no one will have trouble telling apart.
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A new electrical technique for telling apart benign and cancerous lumps in the breast could save women from unnecessary surgery, it was claimed in The Lancet yesterday.
Devils develop tumours of all different types and the genetic markers we have identified are useful for telling apart the tumours that occur in DFTD from other kinds of tumours," said Woods.
Will Thonton, community services manager of Birmingham Focus on Bindness, said: "People who are blind or partially sighted can often have difficulty in telling apart buses from other vehicles and distinguishing one service number from another.
Louisiana State's Tague doesn't go that far, but he notes that even the pelvis, the body part regarded as the gold standard for telling apart primate sexes, is surprisingly tough to read.
Moreover, abused kids had more difficulty than their nonabused peers did in telling apart expressions that predominantly consisted of anger.