One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to refer to two elements, factors, or people that are incompatible or do not blend together.‘the two leaders are about as compatible as oil and water’
- ‘Jazz and technology have frequently mixed about as well as oil and water.’
- ‘Ballads and nu metal bands go together like oil and water, don't they?’
- ‘Hopkins and Rock are so wrong together that it's like mixing oil and water.’
- ‘The two mindsets mix together ‘about as well as oil and water,’ Freeland writes.’
- ‘For starters, Republicans are in control of the statehouse, and Republicans and tax increases mix about as well as oil and water.’
- ‘Normally I would assume that tact and a blunt guy like Matt go together about as well as oil and water, but Matt's social graces come from a genuine wish to make everybody happy.’
- ‘I think it took a long time for the two of us to get OK with each other because we are absolutely oil and water.’
- ‘My birthday - bang in the middle of summer - was always ‘spoilt’ because my cousins and my friend were like oil and water.’
- ‘Where this author is concerned fact and fiction are not like oil and water.’
- ‘By trying to make it one, they have ended up with something akin to an attempt at mixing oil and water together.’
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