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tell apart

(transitive, adverb) to distinguish between; discern: can you tell the twins apart?
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  • All three were well over six feet, and Hjalmar stood head and shoulders over his brothers, whom I never learned to tell apart.

    The Planet Savers Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • There were forty scholars: squirmy, grimy little things that I found it hard to tell apart at first.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • This is the work of some six or seven writers, whose hands are sometimes hard to tell apart.

  • Far, far above us the monster mountains nuzzled among the clouds till cloud and mountain were hard to tell apart.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
Idioms and Phrases with tell apart

tell apart

Discern or distinguish, as in It's hard to tell the twins apart. [ First half of 1900s ]
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