you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear definition, meaning - what is you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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English definition of “you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear”

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 naturally bad
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