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Any small, weak, and/or insignificant person. Alludes to a pint, a unit of liquid measurement. Don't go picking a fight with me, half-pint, or I'll knock you into next Tuesday! That new half-pint they hired as a CEO is totally incompetent.

get a quart into a pint pot

To attempt to cram too much into a small container or space. (A quart is larger than a pint.) Primarily heard in UK. A: "Just sit on my suitcase while I try zipping it again." B: "Oh, quit trying to get a quart into a pint pot."
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You cannot get a quart into a pint pot.

Prov. You cannot fit too much of something into a space that is too small. That dog is simply too big to get into this kennel. You can't get a quart into a pint pot. Our refrigerator isn't big enough to fit that watermelon in. You can't get a quart into a pint pot.
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fit a quart into a pint pot


squeeze a quart into a pint pot

If someone is trying to fit a quart into a pint pot or squeeze a quart into a pint pot, they are trying to put a large amount of something into a container or space that is too small. In putting together a `brief' article on the Tay Bridge Disaster, I was faced with the problem of fitting a quart into a pint pot, there being so much material available. We're trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot in terms of the amount of time we have to cover everything. Note: Other verbs can be used instead of fit or squeeze. `The builders tried to put a quart into a pint pot,' he commented, pointing to the narrow space between the house and its neighbours either side. Note: A quart is a unit of measure for liquids. It is equal to two pints.
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get (or fit) a quart into a pint pot

attempt to do the impossible, especially when this takes the form of trying to fit something into a space that is too small. British
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get/pour/put a ˌquart into a pint ˈpot

(British English) try to do something impossible, especially to try to put something into a space which is too small for it: 30 people in this small room! You can’t put a quart into a pint pot, you know.
A pint is 0.568 litres and a quart is 1.136 litres.
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A Football Supporters Federation spokesman said: "A pie and pint go together nicely at football but many fans feel prices can be on the steep side.
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Although 1p off a pint doesn't exactly combat previous rises, nor make up for the hundreds of thousands who have lost their jobs, had their benefits stopped, had to pay 18% gas rises, etc.
The complex formula was devised after polling 1,000 volunteers from up and down the country on what conditions they preferred when drinking their pint.
But the North-east and Yorkshire has been hailed by as the place to be for a penny-pinching pint of bitter, costing on average pounds 2.
Red Rob Catering Supplies are launching "the Ultimate Pint" - an extra strong pint glass - into the licensed trade in and around Birmingham and the West Midlands and raising money for the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes at the same time.
2 per cent increase in beer duty, saying that the average duty and VAT on a pub pint will now exceed pounds 1.
THE five millionth pint of lager will be poured at the Millennium Stadium during Wales' clash with Australia next Saturday.
The new Coors Light Silver Bullet 16-ounce resealable aluminum pint officially hits shelves nationwide September 1,
HALF of pubs surveyed in Birmingham are short-changing customers when they order a pint, the Sunday Mercury can reveal.
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BOSTON -- The new Samuel Adams Boston Lager([R]) Pint Glass is the first glass specifically designed to showcase the beer as the brewers intended, delivering the optimum full-flavored taste and aroma of Samuel Adams Boston Lager([R]).