you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink” in the English Dictionary

"you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink" in British English

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you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink

saying used to ​emphasize that you can make it ​easy for someone to do something, but you cannot ​force them to do it
(Definition of you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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