(entered for 02.02.06)
Meaning: you can’t apply everything to the same circumstances. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: you can’t force an X-shaped letter into a Y-shaped hole
Rewrite 2: you can’t pick an peach from an apple tree
Rewrite 3: you can’t strap a horse saddle on an ox
Rewrite 4: you can’t fit a 2-inch peg in a 1-inch hole
Comment: There are lots of ways to look at this – as shapes, sizes, kinds of things, and so on.
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