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discriminate against (someone or something)

To impose limitations on a particular person or group for prejudicial reasons. I can't believe that shop owner is discriminating against us because of the color of our skin.
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discriminate between (someone or something)

To recognize the differences between people or things. I have a hard time discriminating between Jim and Greg, but they are identical twins after all. You can discriminate between hydrangea and phlox by looking at their leaves.
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discriminate against someone or something

to single out a type of person or thing for special negative treatment or denial of equal treatment; to act in a prejudicial manner against someone or something. This law discriminates against short people. You discriminate against people in wheelchairs.
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discriminate between

someone and someone else or something and something else to distinguish between people or between things. I find it hard these days to discriminate between my friends and my enemies. Can you discriminate between this shade of pink and that one?
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Association -- Employers cannot harass or otherwise discriminate against someone because he or she is associated with a person or organization of a particular religion or ethnicity.
Physical fitness standards are only subject to scrutiny under Title VII when they either expressly discriminate against a Title VII protected group or, more commonly, when they have the effect of discriminating against such a protected group.
Mexico complained that this discriminates against Mexican tuna because Mexican tuna is not fished in a manner that protects dolphins.
Dias, (10) decided the same year, dealt with a tax exemption from the Hawaii liquor excise tax for certain locally produced alcoholic beverages that did not facially discriminate against out-of-state distributors, but that violated the Commerce Clause by according reciprocal benefits to Hawaii's local liquor industry.
The bill would make it illegal to refuse to hire or to discharge anyone or discriminate against anyone in terms of compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of genetic information about that individual.
So, if you discriminate against people who are oriented to the same sex, you are violating the Charter.
And when I found out that the Scouts discriminate against people like him, it just blew my mind away.
It is to be hoped state lawmakers will not try, instead, to legislate taxes that discriminate in more subtle ways in an effort to circumvent South Central Bell entirely.
That says it is unlawful for any person concerned with provision of goods, facilities or services to the public to discriminate against a person who seeks to obtain or use those goods, facilities or services by refusing or deliberately ommitting to provide him with any of them or by refusing or deliberately omitting to provide him with goods, facilities or services of a quality and in the manner that are normal in the first mentioned person's case.
Suspecting that serum, the fluid portion of blood, might also carry the odorants, investigators tested whether mice can discriminate among blood samples.
The report, partly sponsored by the Federal Reserve Board, concludes that mortgage lenders do not discriminate against blacks.
You would presumably not accept ads that discriminate on race, gender, religious belief, etc.
The statute on its face did not discriminate against out-of-state distributors, but the reciprocal benefit afforded to Hawaii's local liquor products and industry was found to violate the Commerce Clause's ban on discriminatory treatment of in-state and out-of-state taxpayers.
President Bush may say he's opposed to federal employment discrimination against gays, but he's A-OK with federal money going to "faith-based" groups that discriminate.