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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(a) horse of another color

 and 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a horse of another (or different) colour

a 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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a horse of another

/a different color
Another matter entirely; something else.
See also: another, horse, of
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.”
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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).
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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