horse of another color
horse of another color
A person or thing completely different or unique, especially in comparison to someone or something else. I've always found math to be pretty easy, but calculus is proving to be a horse of another color. Most politicians would have resigned after a scandal like that, but this senator is a horse of another color.
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(a) horse of another colorand a horse of a different color
Fig. another matter altogether. I was talking about trees, not bushes. Bushes are a horse of another color. Gambling is not the same as investing in the stock market. It's a horse of a different color.
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a horse of another (or different) coloura thing significantly different.
1975 Sam Selvon Moses Ascending Two or three is okay, but when you start bringing in a battalion, it is a horse of a different colour.
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a horse of another/a different color
Another matter entirely; something else.
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horse of another/different color, a
A different affair altogether. This term was more or less invented by Shakespeare, who in Twelfth Night (2.3) wrote, “My purpose is, indeed, a horse of that colour,” meaning, my aim is indeed something like that. Eventually this was changed to difference rather than likeness, as in Anthony Trollope’s Last Chronicles of Barset (1867): “What did you think of his wife? That’s a horse of another colour altogether.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
a horse of another color
An entirely different matter. In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare had a character say, “My purpose is, indeed, a horse of that colour,” meaning “the very thing.” It's not difficult to see how that phrase would be changed to “a horse of another color” to mean the opposite. Other formerly popular equine expressions are “don't change horses in midstream” (stick to your original plan); “get off your high horse” (don't be so proud or smug); “don't beat a dead horse” (don't waste your time); “one-horse town” (a tiny rural community); and “horse show” (derisive college slang term for a debutante cotillion).
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
- a horse of another
- a horse of another color
- a horse of another colour
- (you) wanna make something of it?
- a fast talker
- (you've) got to get up pretty early in the morning to (do something)
- a/the feel of (something)
- (I) wouldn't (do something) if I were you
- a straw will show which way the wind blows
- a crack at (someone or something)