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Difference between Bitten by the same bug and Tarred with the same brush

bitten by the same bugsaid of people who have the same interest or hobby:

  • My cousin and I were bitten by the same bug. We collect coins.

tarred with the same brushsaid of people considered to have similar objectionable qualities:

  • As the numbers of immigrants increase, refugees are tarred with the same brush as illegal economic migrants.

Cf.: painted with the tar brush—said of people or things represented as evil or harmful:

  • The myth of the liberal media grew stronger and the Democrats were painted with the tar brush.