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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Ahead of a clash with protesters in 2017, court documents indicate officers were texting things like, "It's gonna be a lot of fun beating the hell out of these (expletive) once the sun goes down and nobody can tell us apart!!!!" One alleged beating victim was an undercover police officer.
Mulroney, who appeared in 'How to Make an American Quilt,' said of the chance encounter at the spa: 'Now, at least we know how to tell us apart.'
One of the subjects of the twin test wrote, "I was pretty shocked that the iPhone X could really pick apart the details between me and my brother considering some of our own family members can't tell us apart. So, yeah, it was a pleasant surprise knowing that Brian can't break into my iPhone X and I can't break into my brother's."
It was impossible to tell us apart - on our first day at school we had our initials, 'M' and 'G', pinned on to our clothes so the teachers would know which one of us they were speaking to.
Gwen said: "It was impossible to tell us apart - on our first day at school we had our initials 'M' and 'G' pinned on to our clothes so the teachers would know which one of us they were speaking to.
"Everyone gets confused and no one can tell us apart," Razan said.
"We were there six years but still some of the staff couldn't tell us apart. Sir Alex came in half time once and started giving me a row but it was meant for my brother.
When we rode as apprentices in Flat races it would have been nearly impossible to tell us apart. Then he became a bit heavier, but that wasn't a problem as he always wanted to go jumping.
"Our individual classes are fine but when we are together the children do find it difficult to tell us apart," said Anneka.
Already he's beginning to look like one of us, and soon nobody will be able to tell us apart, which is what happens over time, with love.
It is a dog-eat-dog market-place, and when there are more entities contending for our retail and business members' commerce, it is challenging to tell us apart.
"The only drawback is I look so much like Dec, viewers won''t be able to tell us apart!
Being reunited with my twin sister in this setting, I wondered whether most people would be able to tell us apart. Being a twin is such a huge part of my identity, but many of my fellow Rockettes did not even realize I had an identical twin until Lisa's first day of rehearsal.
Well, a couple of years back Samir chipped his front tooth, so you could tell us apart. But the dentist fixed that."