Meaning of apples and oranges in English:

apples and oranges


(also apples to oranges)
North American
  • Used with reference to two things that are fundamentally different and therefore not suited to comparison.

    ‘unless you also drove a Corolla on the same roads as the A8, you're comparing apples and oranges’
    • ‘Like apples and oranges, they are simply different.’
    • ‘Some would say this is apples and oranges, that recreational golf is different to tournament golf.’
    • ‘But (as I noted before), we compare apples and oranges all the time!’
    • ‘It's like apples and oranges - there is no comparison.’
    • ‘I mean, we are really talking apples and oranges when we compare these religions.’
    • ‘The problem, he says, is that you're comparing apples and oranges - empty space and fully equipped, fully staffed space.’
    • ‘But perhaps we're comparing apples and oranges.’
    • ‘The second point is that in comparing the average house of today with the average house of twenty, forty or a hundred years ago, we are mixing apples and oranges.’
    • ‘But publishers argue that the report mixed apples and oranges.’
    • ‘In your analysis, you are comparing apples and oranges.’