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Impossibilities

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Latin phrases:

Æthiõpem de-albāre.

Arēnas arāre.

Latĕrem lavāre.

Pumĭce aridius.

In asino lanam.

English phrases:


Gathering grapes from thistles.

Fetching water in a sieve.

Washing a blackamoor white.

Catching wind in cabbage nets.

Flaying eels by the tail.

Making cheese of chalk.

Squaring the circle.

Turning base metal into gold.

The elixir of life.

Making a silk purse of a sow’s ear.

(And hundreds more.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Imp of Darkness (An)
Impanation
Impannata
Impar Congressus Achilli
Imperial (An)
Imperium in Imperio
Impertinence
Imponderables (Latin, things without weight)
Imposition
Imposition of Hands
Impossibilities
Impropriation
Impropriator
Improve the Occasion (To)
Improvisators
Improvisatrix or Improvisatrice
In Cæna Domini
In Commendam (Latin)
In Esse (Latin)
In Extenso (Latin)
In Extremis