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    "a different cup of tea" / "another kettle of fish"

    Dear teachers,

    I know two expressions which give an inkling that there is a different situation or person to be dealt with namely “a different cup of tea” and “another kettle of fish”.

    I'd driven an automatic for years but learning to handle a car with gears was another kettle of fish altogether.

    By the way I know also something about the expression “not my cup of tea” as well as “horse of a different color”.

    Would you be kind enough tell me which of them is more acceptable?

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: "a different cup of tea" / "another kettle of fish"

    Both re acceptable idioms, in their right contexts.

    Not my cup of tea means something that is not to my liking

    Going to a football match in the rain is not my cup of tea.


    Horse of another colour means that something is different from something else.

    Driving a top-of-the-range BMW is a horse of another colour from driving a Fiat Panda.

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    Re: "a different cup of tea" / "another kettle of fish"

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your succinct and clear explanation as well as for your further indications.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: "a different cup of tea" / "another kettle of fish"

    'Different beast' is also used with the 2nd meaning.

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    Re: "a different cup of tea" / "another kettle of fish"

    Hi Tdol,

    Thank you for your original complement.

    Regards.

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