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 ?
It seemed to draw all the beauty and wonder of the time to itself, and many stories which at first had been told apart from it came to be joined to it.
A thousand of these sheets have been made, all exactly like this, in every minute detail -- they can't be told apart.
Razan and Randa Bitar, both 11-year-old sixth graders, had to be separated into different classes by the administration, as they looked too alike to be told apart.
On Thursday, Abdullah's chief campaigner Baryalai Arsalaee said they would not accept the results if fake and genuine votes cast at 1930 polling stations in 30 provinces had not been told apart.
The provisional data for the test, published in IOP Publishing's Journal of Breath Research, demonstrated that patients with either IBD or IBS could be told apart with a 76% overall accuracy.
The brothers could be told apart by Chris's eyebrow piercings and Robert's tattoos of his ex-girlfriend's name.
However, neutrinos and antineutrinos can be told apart since they have a different direction of spin, or helicity.
HotBrownie wrote, "Without the plastic surgery, korean women are very diverse looking and easily can be told apart.
They can be told apart from snakes by their visible eyelids, which can be seen to blink.
He wants the FA to ensure team strips can be told apart, not just by colour, but also design.
Since when could teenage girls be told apart in an age when shoulder-length fair hair, skimpy tops, bared navels and platform sandals are as essential as a mobile phone, a manicure and lashings of mascara?
Certain horses can only be told apart by tiny whorls of hair that grow in a different way to the rest of the horse's coat and, according to Webbon, it can be a lengthy process trying to match up the description on a horse's passport with the beast itself, especially when it is geed up and ready to get out there and race.
He said these long-haired gunmen wearing traditional pakool caps could not be told apart from Taliban.
Finlay and Charlie Jones, three, could be told apart only by different coloured stripes on their jumpers.
He suggested terrorists should be told apart from civilians.