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

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

Be unable to turn something ugly or inferior into something attractive or of value, as in No matter how expensive his clothes, he still looks sloppy-you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear . This expression was already a proverb in the mid-1500s.
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.
After all, he can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
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