catch lightning in a bottle

catch lightning in a bottle

Try to do something that's impossible. The phrase has been attributed to the baseball manager Leo Durocher, who may have originated or simply liked to use it. In any event, it's an apt metaphor for something that no one can do (unless “lightning” refers to lightning bugs, another name for fireflies).
See also: bottle, catch, lightning
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Madison Avenue suits are going all out to be the one to catch lightning in a bottle, preferably before the first thunderclap.