Apples and oranges refers to the comparing apples and oranges, which indicates that two items or groups of items cannot be validly compared. The idiom evokes the apparent differences between items which are popularly thought to be incomparable or , such as and . The idiom may also be used to indicate that a has been made between two items, such as where an apple is faulted for not being a good orange. Conversely, where the comparison or analogy is valid, the idiom will usually take the form "comparing apples with apples".


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