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half-pint

Any small, weak, and/or insignificant person. Alludes to a pint, a unit of liquid measurement. Don't go picking a fight with me, half-pint, or I'll knock you into next Tuesday! That new half-pint they hired as a CEO is totally incompetent.

You cannot get a quart into a pint pot.

Prov. You cannot fit too much of something into a space that is too small. That dog is simply too big to get into this kennel. You can't get a quart into a pint pot. Our refrigerator isn't big enough to fit that watermelon in. You can't get a quart into a pint pot.
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get/put a quart into a pint pot

  (British)
to try to put too much of something into a small space
Usage notes: A quart is a unit for measuring liquids. It is equal to two pints.
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!
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This is despite the fact that realistic proposals already exist for a 100pc average liquid pint law.
But the price paid by drinkers will be at least double that and, with VAT and duty increases, insiders say the total increase will be 10p on a pint.
In fact, a couple of weeks ago, my local pint rose from PS3.
Mr Clelland asked Mr Sutcliffe: "Can we look forward to the day when there are regulations on a full pint of beer?
England cricket fans pay PS4 for a pint of Fosters at Lord's.
A survey of 2,000 people found that 34% preferred a half pint glass compared to a quarter who used a pint or a third of a pint glass.
Chief exec Brigid Simmonds said: "Half pints can be more than half the price of a pint for a good reason.
One glass of white wine or a pint of lager (approximately two units): You're talkative and you feel relaxed.
plant to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints which tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and additional products manufactured on the same line.
The Pound Pub is on its way and with it comes half-pints for PS1 and pints for PS1.
com)-- Local brewery startup Crafted Pints is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign and have raised over $3,000 of their $30,000 goal.
She said half pints of the black stuff were still available, but not part of the PS2.
yields of milk are down due to bad weatherCREAM OF THE DEALS 4 PINTS 2.
50 you'd need to drink 150 pints to have saved enough to afford another pint (at the older price).
You can get the cheaper pints at Wetherspoon as a chain but they have obviously got the ability to order in massive quantities.