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you can't make a silk purse of a sow's earIt is not possible to produce something refined, admirable, or valuable from something which is unrefined, unpleasant, or of little or no value.Rate it:

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make a silk purse of a sow's earTo produce something refined, admirable, or valuable from something which is unrefined, unpleasant, or of little or no value.Rate it:

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Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow's EarTo make something good out of something naturally badRate it:

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you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drinkYou can show someone how to do something, but you can't make them do it.Rate it:

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water but You Can't Make Him DrinkYou can give someone an opportunity, but you can’t force him or her to take it, you can make it easy for someone, but you can’t force them to take itRate it:

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as you sow, so shall you reapThe personal consequences of one's actions are in proportion to the good or bad intentions towards others.Rate it:

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smile from ear to earA large smile.Rate it:

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smooth as silkExtremely smooth (in any sense).Rate it:

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take silkto be appointed as a Queen's CounselRate it:

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you can't make this stuff upThe reality is so bizarre, ironic, or comically coincidental as to be unbelievable.Rate it:

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you can't make an omelette without breaking eggsIn order to achieve something, it is inevitable and necessary that something should be destroyed.Rate it:

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you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don'tAlternative form of damned if you do, damned if you don'tRate it:

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hold the purse stringsTo be in control of spending; to have financial power and responsibility.Rate it:

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common purseA shared or community fund.Rate it:

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lighten someone's purseto take money from someone.Rate it:

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loosen the purse stringsTo increase spending or allow increased spending; to relax control of spending.Rate it:

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tighten the purse stringsTo decrease spending or disallow increased spending; to increase control of spending.Rate it:

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you can't always get what you wantIt is not always possible to get what is wanted.Rate it:

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you can't take it with youIt is not possible to take one's material wealth to whatever world may await one after death.1900, E. Phillips Oppenheim, A Millionaire of Yesterday, ch. 6:"The clause whichRate it:

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can you hear me looking at youSelf explanatoryRate it:

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do you think you can walkAsked to find out whether an ill or wounded person is able to walk or needs to sit down or lie down.Rate it:

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make a pig's ear ofTo do badly; to make a mess of.Rate it:

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sow one's wild oatsTo indulge in a period of irresponsible behavior, particularly sexually; Often used in reference to young adults or to the recently divorced.Rate it:

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sow one's wild oatsTo spread one's genes around by impregnating many females.Rate it:

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sow the wind and reap the whirlwindAlternative form of sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.Rate it:

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sow the wind, reap the whirlwindEvery decision has consequences; a person's actions will come back to him.Rate it:

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Sow your wild oatsTo do absurd and inappropriate things in one’s youth, to do silly things and activities when youngRate it:

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from can see to can't seeFrom the time when it is barely light enough to see until there is no light remaining whatsoever: from sunup to sundown, from dawn to duskRate it:

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one can run but one can't hideThere is nothing someone can do to evade something.You can run but you can't hide.Rate it:

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you make the bed you lie inA person's circumstances are normally the result of his or her own actions.Rate it:

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can't make ends meetTto earn just enough money to avoid getting into debt.Rate it:

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who do you think you are, you've not been to cardiff?You dont know anything. You have no knowkedge of the world or any wisdom.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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you can bank on itTo be so sure of something that one can trust.Rate it:

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you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegarIt's easier to persuade others with polite requests and a positive attitude than with rude demands and negativity.Rate it:

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you can't get a quart into a pint potWhat is being discussed is not possible.They've asked me to get to New York by five o'clock, but you can't get a quart into a pint pot!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 Teach an Old Dog New TricksMaking people change their habits or adjusting to new skills is impossible, It is very hard to make people change their waysRate it:

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

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I can tell youEmphasises the truth of a statement.Rate it:

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I can tell youUsed other than as an idiom: see I, can, tell, you.Rate it:

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you can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pigYou can try to change something or one's outward appearance, but it will not change the inward appearance. Even if you put lipstick on a pig, it will always roll in mud and grunt.Rate it:

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you can hang your hat on thatIt's something to put faith in, to rely upon or trust (when used in a positive connotation).Rate it:

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you can say that againThat is very true.Rate it:

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you can't educate porkWhen somebody won't listen to reason.Rate it:

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before you can say knifeVery quickly; quicker than one expects.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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more than you can shake a stick atAlternative form of more than one can shake a stick at.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/in X, no one can hear you YIndicates a threat of imminent danger. X is often limited to words having something to do with space. Y is a sound made by humans, especially 'scream'.Rate it:

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Appendix:Snowclones/you can't spell XYZ without YImplies a correlation between two items, where the second one is spelled with letters from the first one.Rate it:

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