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you can't teach an old dog new tricks

You can't teach someone who is set in their ways to change their behavior. Good luck getting Grandpa to start going to yoga with you. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick

if you can't beat 'em

If you can't defeat your opponent, then you might as well work alongside them or do what they do. A shortening of the phrase "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." A: "I thought you said you'd never join social media." B: "Yeah, but everybody else has, so if you can't beat 'em."
See also: beat, if

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

If you can't defeat your opponent, then you might as well work alongside them or do what they do. A: "I thought you said you'd never join social media." B: "Yeah, but everybody else has, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, I guess."
See also: beat, if, join

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Also, if you can't lick 'em, join 'em. If you can't defeat your opponents you might be better off by switching to their side. For example, Seeing that no one else was willing to stick with the old software program, Marcia learned the new one, noting if you can't beat 'em, join 'em , or I opposed a new school library, but the town voted for it, so I'll support it-if you can't lick 'em, join 'em . This expression dates from about 1940 and originally alluded to political opponents. The opposite idea is expressed in an advertising slogan used in the 1960s and 1970s by a cigarette company, in which the smoker would fight rather than switch brands.
See also: beat, if, join

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

INFORMAL
People say if you can't beat 'em, join 'em to mean that if you cannot change what someone is doing, you should start to do it yourself. It became a case of `if you can't beat 'em, join 'em', and I ended up working there too. Note: This expression is often varied, for example by saying things such as if you can't beat 'em, you should join 'em, or by using the whole word them instead of 'em. Conscious of rising support for these policies, the Liberal party decided that if it couldn't beat them, it should join them.
See also: beat, if, join

you can't teach an old dog new tricks

If you say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, you mean that it is often difficult to get people to try new ways of doing things, especially if they have been doing something in a particular way for a long time. The low levels of participation among older people are affected by the widespread belief that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Note: This expression is often varied. For example, if you say you can teach an old dog new tricks or an old dog can learn new tricks, you mean that it is possible to get people to try new ways of doing something. Our work shows that you can teach an old dog new tricks. An old dog can learn new tricks if he has both the will and the opportunity.
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick

you can't teach an old dog new tricks

you cannot make people change their ways. proverb
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

Getting people to change their habits or acquire new skills is impossible. Puppies are teachable, but older dogs are less apt to be able to be trained, or so popular wisdom had it. By the same token, an octogenarian who has read the morning newspaper for decades is unlikely to be willing, much less eager, to switch to the online edition.
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick
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Effects of cutting parameters on cutting forces and surface quality of black spruce cants.
So, to answer the original question, the main difference between a cant hook and a peavey is the iron or steel spike at the business end of the peavey.
Speaking from her home, Mrs Cant said: 'He should have got in touch with me and apologised in person.
a documentation of cant lexis in general dictionaries of the eighteenth century (as provided for Coles); and a coherent description of how slang moved up into (informal) general lexis;
Cant married writer and director Cherry Britton in 1984 and they had three children.
Cant put on 52 for the opening partnership with Connor Fellowes (30), then 70 with Patrick Matautaava (52) and then 78 with Noah Hiles (49).
Gweld y bwlch hwn yn y ddarpariaeth barodd i Alun Charles fynd ati i ysgrifennu Cant y Cant, llyfr lliwgar, llawn o luniau a gwybodaeth ddiddorol, sydd wedi cael eu cyfansoddi am bob math o bynciau, gan gynnwys pontydd y byd, trychinebau, bwydydd, y Cymry cyntaf, menywod a llu o bethau eraill.
The logs were sawn at the scragg headrig that produced a two-sided cant, slabs and sawdust.
PLAY SCHOOL presenter Brian Cant has the best-loved voice in kids' TV, according to a poll.
Ashley Fawcett told an employment tribunal yesterday that he lost his executive position at Leamington-based Larch Consulting after owners Lucy Jeynes and Mike Cant undermined his work after promoting him.
Ac o'r rhain, dywed 77 y cant ohonynt eu bod yn disgwyl ymuno chwrs newydd o ryw fath o fewn y tair blynedd nesaf.
Tony Johnson, a Homer real estate agent and CANT organizer, says proving environmental injustice was always the opposition's goal.
Police officials said on Friday that Inspector Khalid Mehmood has been transferred from Police Station (PS) Sajid Shaheed and posted as SHO at PS Kotmomin, Inspector Saleemullah from Police Lines to PS Sajid Shaheed, Inspector Akhtar Nawaz from SHO PS Cant to PS Bhagtanwala, Inspector Shafiullah from SHO PS Saddar to SHO PS Cant, Sub Inspector Arif Hussain from PS Kotmomin to PS Saddar, Sub Inspector Ali Nawaz from PS Bhagtanwala to SHO PS Shahpur City and Sub Inspector Riaz Hussain has been transferred from PS Shahpur City to SHO PS Phularwan.
TYNEDALE have gone back to the top of Division A1 - but captain Thomas Cant is playng down any talk of title glory.
Prof Andrew Cant, director of the Bubble Unit at Newcastle's Great North children's Hospital, fears the region is often overlooked when grants for important medical research programmes are handed out.