I am extremely bad at playing football but extremely good at playing foosball.

So what would be the appropriate phrase or idiom for such a scenario?

  • Football-Foosball? – user253826 Jul 27 '18 at 10:04
  • @Dim Foosball is another name for table football - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_football. As for the question: see this previous thread: english.stackexchange.com/questions/382318/… – VTH Jul 27 '18 at 10:36
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    Haha, football and foosball are related like football and a FIFA video game. I get your point, I just found it funny. – Zebrafish Jul 27 '18 at 11:21
  • Uh… even if football and foosball were somehow related, there would still be no word or phrase in English for what you seem to be trying to describe. To make it clear to all replace the "foosball" with "cricket" and then ask again… – Robbie Goodwin Jul 30 '18 at 18:57

My football and foosball skills are chalk and cheese..

We have hundreds of phrases to indicate the similarity of one thing with another and similes like 'as alike as two peas in a pod' are commonplace in everyday speech. There are far fewer expressions that explicitly refer to the difference between things; 'as different as chalk and cheese' is the most commonly used. This is an old expression and the earliest citation is in John Gower's Middle English text Confessio Amantis, 1390: Lo, how they feignen chalk for chese.

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