You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

  (old-fashioned)
something that you say which means you cannot make a good quality product using bad quality materials To make chairs that'll last, you need good strong pieces of wood. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
See also: ear, make, of, out, purse, silk
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bar] YOU can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, as the old adage goes.
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