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English definition of “be another matter/thing”

be another matter/thing

to be a different situation that is likely to be judged differently: Cars are useful, but their impact on the environment is another matter altogether. to be very different and likely to involve more problems or difficulties: Wanting to help the homeless is one thing, finding cheap secure accommodation for them is quite another (thing).
(Definition of be another matter/thing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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