Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Chalk and Cheese.

 Chalk.Chalks. 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Chalk and Cheese.
 
I know the difference between chalk and cheese. Between what is worthless and what is valuable, between a counterfeit and a real article. Of course, the resemblance of chalk to cheese has something to do with the saying, and the alliteration helps to popularise it.   1
        “This Scotch scarecrow was no more to be compared to him than chalk was to cheese”—Sir W. Scott: Woodstock, xxiv.
   I cannot make chalk of one and cheese of the other. I must treat both alike; I must show no favouritism.   2
   They are no more like than chalk is like cheese. There may be a slight apparent resemblance, but there is no real likeness.   3
 


 Chalk.Chalks. 

 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors