you can't make bricks without straw

you can't make bricks without straw

You can't make or do something unless you have the basic necessary tools or materials. You're never going to have a championship team unless they start recruiting players who are actually worth a damn. You can't make bricks without straw, for Pete's sake. Don't start building that shed unless you know you've got everything you'll need. You can't make bricks without straw.
See also: brick, make, straw, without

You cannot make bricks without straw.

Prov. You have to have all the necessary materials in order to make something. Ellen: I really wanted to give Fred a birthday party, but none of the people I invited were able to come. Jane: Don't blame yourself. You can't make bricks without straw.
See also: brick, cannot, make, straw, without
References in periodicals archive ?
You can't make bricks without straw ACTUALLY you can, perfectly well.
Idioms browser ?
Full browser ?