tell (someone or something) apart

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tell (someone or something) apart

To be able to discern or distinguish two or more people or things that appear or seem similar. This one is real, and this one is the counterfeit—you can tell them apart by the small holographic mark at the top corner of the genuine document. Even our parents sometimes have trouble telling me and my brother apart.
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tell people or things apart

to distinguish one from another. I can't tell Bob and Bill apart. I find it easy to tell apart Bill and Bob. The two cakes look different, but in taste, I can't tell this one and that one apart.
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tell things apart

to distinguish one thing or a group of things from another thing or group of things. This one is gold, and the others are brass. Can you tell them apart? Without their labels, I can't tell them apart.
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tell apart

Discern or distinguish, as in It's hard to tell the twins apart. [First half of 1900s]
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tell apart

v.
To perceive something as being different or distinct from something else: I couldn't tell apart the real $20 bill from the counterfeit one. The twins were identical, and we couldn't tell them apart.
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References in classic literature ?
"How do you tell them apart, Roxy, when they haven't any clothes on?"
"It was so hard to tell them apart," explained the hen.
"'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never tell them apart.'
Lead author Prof Joel Voss, from Northwestern University, Chicago, said: "Older people's memory got better to the level we could no longer tell them apart from younger people."
That we have to ask means that it's getting harder to tell them apart. So what, really, is the difference to the warring parties or their victims?
Since the colors are so similar between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, one way to tell them apart would be through the position of the flash.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Jul 19 (ANI): Kylie Jenner recently unveiled her new wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood and it is so lifelike that even her family couldn't tell them apart.
Bawab explained that as the twins grow older, it can be more difficult for teachers to tell them apart, so as they progress through school, the administrators have to separate them into different classes.
The problem is: nobody can tell them apart. Good reading skills will be required for a story quite detailed for a picture book, which includes much dialogue between the two friends who decide to visit the big city and snack on some little children, for one adventure--with disastrous results.
When they were babies the Gilberts used different-coloured nail varnish to tell them apart, but now they're walking it is their shoes that are colour co-ordinated.
"It is nearly impossible to tell them apart when they dress nearly the same and use the same equipment." //Petra// AF
The only way to tell them apart is Mansour's Afro is even thicker than PS27million midfielder Marouane's.
Karen, 33, from Pontypool, Wales, said: "It's not a fashion statement, we struggle to tell them apart.