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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Horse of a different color

Example 1:

Jason: I was looking to ask May out on Friday. What do you think?
Freddy: Finally, you keep talking about her but you never actually do anything about it.
Jason: It’s not so much that I am afraid of asking her out; it’s her brother I’m worried about. That’s a horse of a different color. He’s always intimidating people asking his sister out.
Freddy: Yeah, good luck with that.

Example 2:

Alexa: Do you think we should go to Europe like we planned? Or should we go to Asia?
Axel: Whoa, going to Asia? That’s a horse of a different color. I think you should really consider where you really want to go because Europe and Asia are two very different places.


A horse of a different color means that something or someone are completely different things or choices. In the first example, Jason was trying to explain May and May’s brother as completely different people with different personalities to deal with. Although the two people are siblings, they are different in many ways.  In the second example, it seems that Alexa was initially thinking about visiting Europe, but after further consideration, she began to wonder about Asia. Axel explains that they are completely different places and that she should really consider the choices before making a decision. 

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  1. Thanks a whole lot for sharing, guys ... Can't wait for more ... Keep up the good work ...

    We've heard the expression 'another pair of shoes' having the same meaning ... Although, we're not quite sure if it is extensively used in the US ...

    Russian ESL students
    American Language Center

  2. It's not extensively used in the U.S. but we can see that especially in informal language! ;-) Thank you so much!