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a different ball of wax

Something completely dissimilar. It's one thing to babysit your friends' kids from time to time, but having your own children is a completely different ball of wax.
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Up close, it's a whole different ball of wax.<br />"It's like comparing apples to meat," said Tim Nichols, owner of Bloomington-based Lifestyle Communities.
"I'm not going to be able to stop the leaks in the intergovernmental agencies and all that other stuff, that's a different ball of wax. But something is going on in the White House that the president does not like and we're going to fix it," he added.
"You are put in front of people and they are not actually paying to come to see you so it is a totally different ball of wax, you have to win over a sceptical audience.
His preparation involved a different ball of wax. He worked as a scented candle maker before he applied for a job in WTAG's promotion department three years ago, and the station agreed to hire him.
"Right now we're pleased with our nonconference schedule, but how things turn out in the Pac-10 is a whole different ball of wax.
That's a whole different ball of wax. You don't have the time to hear my rant on how the bizness only wants watered-down sweater-comic pretty-boy hack thieves who are using stand-up as a greased chute to a gig as the wacky neighbor next door on "Who's the Dufus," New on Fox!