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

"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

saying used to ​mean that you cannot make something good out of something that is ​naturallybad
(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)
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