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oil and water

Two objects, elements, factors, forces, people, etc., that do not or cannot mix together readily. (Usually used comparatively, as in "X and Y are like/as oil and water.") Refers to the natural tendency of oil and water to separate. My dad is like oil and water with my mom's boyfriend, so I don't know how they're going to get through the family reunion in each other's company. The more I pay attention to the news, the more it seems that politics and common sense are as compatible as oil and water.
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oil and water

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like oil and water

If two things or people are oil and water or are like oil and water, they are very different and they cannot exist together or be mixed with each other successfully. He'd known from the start that Nick and Adam would never mix. They were like oil and water. I tried to make both my parents part of my life but they were oil and water and refused to be mixed. Like oil and water, the worlds of work and pleasure do not blend easily.
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oil and water

two elements, factors, or people that do not agree or blend together.
Water and oil are two liquid substances that repel each other and cannot be mixed together.
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Oil and water both stick to their own, staying on opposite sides of the room at a molecular cocktail party.
Tuteja and his colleagues put the new filter into a simple device to separate oil and water. When a mixture is poured into the container, water flows through the POSS-PEGDA filter into the bottom of the container.
Port-3 is at the upper segment that is for oil and water production.
Chinese supplier of central and portable chillers and oil and water mold-temperature controllers.
During a rainstorm, the StormGate Separator divides oil and water, as well as some dirt and grit.
Emulsification Wave action mixes oil and water into a mousse-like substance, which people can scoop up.
Place in the refrigerator until the oil and water have separated and the oil is firm, about two hours.
After all, it's nothing but vegetable oil and water, with a sprinkling of safe additives.
Temperature-control units in a complete range of pumping, heating, and cooling configurations for oil and water from 0.75 to 7.5 hp, 3 to 60 kw.
Despite their generally incompatible natures, oil and water have found common ground.
The researchers hope to conduct field tests, in which they will either inject a mixture of oil and water near the base of a well or force oil down a well, says Hunter.
Authorization came through to burn another batch of Valdez oil the next day, But by morning, Allen says, stormy seas, the inevitable emulsification of the floating oil and water, and the crude's weathering (rapid loss of its most combustible components) had rendered that decision moot.
New oil and water filtration systems are also being introduced by MillerLeaman and Mokon.
Temperatur control units in a complete range of pumping, heating, and cooling configurations for oil and water from 0.75 to 7.5 hp, 3 to 60 kw.
Temperature-control units available in a complete range of pumping, heating, and cooling configurations for oil and water from 1/2 to 7 1/2 hp, 3 to 24 kw.