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a leopard cannot change its spotsOne cannot change one's own nature.1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio):King. Lyons make Leopards tame.Mowbray. Yea but not change his ?pots.1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23:Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32:End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be.1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment:The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.Rate it:

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a house divided against itself cannot standA group or organisation weakened by internal dissent will not remain united.Rate it:

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Beggars Cannot Be ChoosersDeserving people cannot put forward their choices. You cannot be concerned about the quality or quantity of certain product or service that you cannot buy or get hold of easily.Rate it:

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what has been seen cannot be unseenRepulsive, disturbing, or horrific sights can never be erased from memory once they have been seen.Rate it:

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if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchenIf you cannot handle the pressure, you should not be in a position where you have to deal with it.Rate it:

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time will tellThe results of an action cannot be known beforehand.Rate it:

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water over the damAn event or set of events which has already happened and cannot be changed.Rate it:

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what's done is doneEvents that have already taken place cannot be changed and actions that have already been committed cannot be undone, so it is best not to dwell on them.Rate it:

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you can't say fairer than thatThat is good, reasonable, or fair; one cannot hope for a better decision or outcome.Rate it:

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you can't polish a turd(vulgar) Something inherently bad cannot be improved.Rate it:

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close offTo seal or block the entrance to a road, an area, or a building so that people cannot enter.Rate it:

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keel overOf a vessel: to roll so far on its side that it cannot recover; to capsize.Rate it:

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reckon withoutTo ignore that which cannot readily be ignored.Rate it:

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a cat in gloves catches no miceOne cannot get what one wants by being cautious, one must use aggression to get it.Rate it:

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make someone's blood boilTo cause a person to feel angry or very annoyed, especially in situation in which one cannot fully display that feeling to others.Rate it:

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sniff outTo find, especially to find something that cannot be seen.Rate it:

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if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchenIf you cannot handle the pressure, you should not be in a position where you have to deal with it.Rate it:

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that's the way life isThat is the way things happenCertain things cannot be changed, helped or improved; struggle and objection are pointless.1935, Louis Bromfield, The Man Who Had Everything, page 279:That's the way life is, and there's no use trying to go against it.1979, Jay Edward Abrams, A Theology of Christian Counseling: More Than Redemption, ISBN 0310511011, page 45:There are no standards, no values; that's the way life is. Learn to accept it and slide with it. Stop fighting it.2002, B. Eugene Ellison, Rings of the Templars, ISBN 059524050X, page 337:Shit happens; that's the way life is. In fact, I want you to take an additional thousand for your efforts.Rate it:

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à chose faite point de remèdeWhat is done cannot be undone.Rate it:

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abondance de biens ne nuit pasStore is no sore; One cannot have too much of a good thing.Rate it:

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après lui il faut tirer l’échelleOne cannot do better than he has; No one can come up to him in that; That takes the cake.Rate it:

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ask for the moonTo claim or desire something that one cannot have.Rate it:

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bound toIndicates something which cannot be avoided.Rate it:

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ça, c’est de bonne guerreHe has only used fair means to defend himself (or, attack you); He has acted within his rights, you cannot complain.Rate it:

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Can't Fight City HallThe under authority person cannot do anything against an administrative system, there is no way to win the struggle against official procedureRate it:

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ce n’est pas tous les jours fête1. Christmas comes but once a year. 2. One cannot always have “a high old time,” but must work as well. 3. Life is not all beer and skittles.Rate it:

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cela ne se peut pasIt cannot possibly be; It cannot be done.Rate it:

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closed bookA person or thing that cannot be easily understood; someone or something incomprehensible or puzzling.Rate it:

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clothes don't make the manAn aphorism meaning that you cannot judge a person solely by his appearance. Usually pertains to men.Rate it:

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could have, would have, should haveExpressing regret at something that cannot now be changed.Rate it:

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c’est un écoute s’il pleutHe is a man who cannot be relied upon.Rate it:

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c’est un fait accompliIt is done and cannot be undone.Rate it:

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devil take the hindmostAn imprecation that everyone should look after their own interests, leaving those who cannot cope to whatever fate befalls them.Rate it:

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dog in a mangerone who denies others what he cannot consume himself: hay in a manger (cattle feeder) cannot be eaten by cows if a (barking) dog is in it - though dogs don't eat hayRate it:

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dog in the mangerSomeone who denies to others something that he or she cannot use.Rate it:

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don't cry over spilt milkIt is no use worrying about unfortunate events which have already happened and which cannot be changed.Rate it:

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don't make me laughUsed to express that one cannot take a suggestion seriously.Rate it:

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flog a dead horseTo attempt to get more out of something that cannot give more.Rate it:

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genie is out of the bottleSomething has been brought into reality that cannot be eliminated or undone.Rate it:

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grateA horizontal metal grille through which water, ash, or small objects can fall, while larger objects cannot.Rate it:

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have a tiger by the tailTo be in a difficult or dangerous situation in which one ideally should not remain, but from which one cannot withdraw.Rate it:

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have the tiger by the tailTo be in a difficult or dangerous situation in which one ideally should not remain, but from which one cannot withdraw.Rate it:

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have the wolf by the earTo be in a difficult situation - a dangerous situation from which one cannot disengage, but in which one cannot safely remain.Rate it:

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I just work hereIndicates that the speaker cannot answer their interrogator's question, because of lack of experience with or knowledge on the topic.Rate it:

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il a la langue trop longueHe cannot hold his tongue.Rate it:

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il a le caractère mal faitHe cannot take a joke.Rate it:

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il faut que je parle, c’est plus fort que moiI must speak, I cannot help it.Rate it:

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il ne sait ni A ni BHe does not know B from a bull’s foot; He cannot read; He is a perfect ignoramus.Rate it:

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il n’a pas trois mois dans le ventre (fam.)He cannot live three months.Rate it:

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il n’est bois si vert qui ne s’allume (clément marot )There is nothing so difficult that cannot be done in time.Rate it:

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