To accomplish a task without the proper materials or under unreasonable conditions; to do the impossible.

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  • From Exodus 5:18 There shall no straw be given you, yet ye shall make bricks without straw.
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The founders did more than "make bricks without straw; they dreamed of a great cathedral and laid the foundations for it.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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