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Silk Purse

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You cannot make a silk purse of a sow’s car. “You cannot make a horn of a pig’s tail.” A sow’s ear may somewhat resemble a purse, and a curied pig’s tail may somewhat resemble a twisted horn, but a sow’s ear cannot be made into a silk purse, nor a pig’s tail into a cow’s horn.

“You cannot make, my lord, I fear,

A velvet purse of a sow’s ear.”


Peter Pindar: Lord B. and His Motions.

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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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