if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Prov. If the pressures of some situation are too much for you, you should leave that situation. (Somewhat insulting; implies that the person addressed cannot tolerate pressure.) Alan: I didn't think being a stockbroker could be so stressful. Fred: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Jill: This exercise class is too tough; the teacher should let us slow down. Jane: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If the pressure or stress is too great, leave or give up. For example, It'll take a lot of weekend overtime to finish, so if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen . This folksy adage has been ascribed to President Harry S. Truman, who certainly said it and may have originated it. [c. 1950]
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand
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If that means more and more Americans are likely to find that their President comes up short, then Clinton had better study Harry Truman's advice: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
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