Meaning of “you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear” in the English Dictionary

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"you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" in British English

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you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

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used to mean that you cannot make something good out of something that is naturally bad

(Definition of “you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)