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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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get/put a quart into a pint pot

to try to put too much of something into a small space
Usage notes: A quart is a unit for measuring liquids. It is equal to two pints.
I'm trying to get this huge pile of clothes crammed into these two drawers. Talk about trying to get a quart into a pint pot!
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Punjab struggled hard to come back in the match in the third quart.
In the second match NAVY dominated the proceedings of the match from a bright start to an upbeat third quart during which they outclassed WAPDA with speed, stamina and ball control.
En l'absence du championnat national de football en Division 1 qui observera une treve en fin de cette semaine a l'occasion de l'Aid Al Adha, les eliminatoires de la Coupe du Trone de football, (saison 2013-2014) se poursuivent avec les quarts de finale dont les matches [beaucoup moins que]aller[beaucoup plus grand que] sont programmes de mercredi a samedi prochain.
La selection marocaine de basketball s'est qualifiee pour les quarts de finale de la 27eme edition du Championnat d'Afrique des Nations (CAN) masculin de basketball (Afrobasket 2013) en battant lundi au palais des sports de Treichville son homologue algerienne sur le score de 86 a 81 lors du premier match comptant pour les huitiemes de finale du tournoi.
Quart argues that during the past decade or so America's youth, egged on by their parents, have become wedded to consumption as personal identity: You are what you buy.
Her farewell sentence surprised me; I didn't expect to be its subject: "You area blessing," she said, sending me off into the night, clutching an empty quart jar I was to fill and give away again.
ALISSA QUART BELIEVES THAT KIDS today are victims of an unprecedented barrage of slick, mind-numbing advertising, a phenomenon dissected at length in her book Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers.
You should put 5 quarts of water in a 7 or 8 quart pot
Please go to the store and buy a pound of butter, a dozen eggs, and a quart of milk for me.
Just a little more than the quart of liquid we're used to.
Birches also produce plenty of water, so it takes about 26 gallons of sap to make just one quart of syrup.
That means it costs just under a half cent a quart, which places the Pocket Filter at the top of the value category.
By examining imagery intended to present analogies between the secular and the divine, Randall finds a desire for resemblance in all the writers studied, and, paradoxically, that it is Jean Molinet who appears most skeptical of the powers of analogical representation, although Rabelais in the Quart livre comes close.
Stir, add ice cubes and pour in one quart of club soda.
The steel men were leading by two goals in the first two quarts, both scored by Abbas Haider on penalty corners, but they lost their grip on the proceedings which suddenly slipped into Railways' favour in the third quart the rail men not only leveled the score but took a goal lead as well.