apples and oranges meaning

  "apples and oranges" in a sentence
[American idiom]
a pair of words representing two entities that are not similar. (Fixed order.)
You can't talk about Fred and Ted in the same breath! They're apples and oranges.
Talking about her current book and her previous best-seller is like comparing apples and oranges.

[American slang]
Fig. two entities that are not similar. (Used especially in reference to comparisons of unlike things.)
  You can't talk about Fred and Ted in the same breath! They're like apples and oranges.
  Talking about her current book and her previous bestseller is like comparing apples and oranges.

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