quart into a pint pot

(UK)
   If you try to put or get a quart into a pint pot, you try to put too much in a small space. (1 quart = 2 pints)
  (Dorking School Dictionary)
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   To say that you can't put a quart into a pint pot means that you cannot fit something too big into a small space, or that you are trying to do something impossible.
   

You'll never get that into the suitcase. You can't put a quart into a pint pot!


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  • quart into a pint pot — (UK) If you try to put or get a quart into a pint pot, you try to put too much in a small space. (1 quart = 2 pints) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • you cannot get a quart into a pint pot — A quart is an imperial measure of two pints. The metaphorical phrase to get (or put) a quart into a pint pot is also used. 1896 Daily News 23 July 4 They had been too ambitious. They had attempted what he might describe in homely phrase as… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • get a quart into a pint pot — get/put a quart into a pint pot British to try to put too much of something into a small space. I m trying to get this huge pile of clothes crammed into these two drawers. Talk about trying to get a quart into a pint pot! …   New idioms dictionary

  • put a quart into a pint pot — get/put a quart into a pint pot British to try to put too much of something into a small space. I m trying to get this huge pile of clothes crammed into these two drawers. Talk about trying to get a quart into a pint pot! …   New idioms dictionary

  • put a quart into a pint pot — put a quart into a pint ˈpot idiom (BrE) to put sth into a space that is too small for it • Writing a history of the world in a single volume is like putting a quart into a pint pot. Main entry: ↑quartidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • you can't get a quart into a pint pot — ► you can t get a quart into a pint pot Brit. proverb you cannot achieve the impossible. Main Entry: ↑quart …   English terms dictionary

  • pint pot — noun : a pint measure pot or drinking vessel usually of pewter; also : such a pot full of beer, ale, or other beverage * * * n. chiefly Brit. a beer glass or mug that holds a pint, esp. one made of pewter * * * ˌpint ˈpot 7 [pint pot pint pots] …   Useful english dictionary

  • quart — ► NOUN 1) a unit of liquid capacity equal to a quarter of a gallon or two pints, equivalent in Britain to approximately 1.13 litres and in the US to approximately 0.94 litre. 2) N. Amer. a unit of dry capacity equivalent to approximately 1.10… …   English terms dictionary

  • pint — noun /paɪnt/ a) A unit of volume, equivalent to ⅛ of a gallon or Please leave three pints tomorrow, milkman b) A pint of milk. Finn: You must have a terrible thirst on you tonight. Ive never seen a man drink two pints at the same time. See Also:… …   Wiktionary

  • pot — see if ifs and ands were pots and pans, there’d be no work for tinkers’ hands a little pot is soon hot you cannot get a quart into a pint pot a watched pot never boils …   Proverbs new dictionary

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