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fall off the turnip truck

To be gullible, naïve, or unsophisticated. The subject is often a person from a rural or rustic background. Mary has no idea about how to act in polite society, always behaving as if she just fell off the turnip truck.
See also: fall, off, truck, turnip

just fell off the turnip truck

Rur. ignorant; unsophisticated. He stood there gawking at the buildings in town like he just fell off the turnip truck. My cousin acts like she just fell off the turnip truck.
See also: fell, just, off, truck, turnip

You cannot get blood from a stone.

 and You cannot get blood from a turnip.
Prov. You cannot get help from an uncharitable person or money from someone who has none. Jerry and James spent two hours trying to convince the old miser to contribute to the children's hospital; finally, James turned to Jerry and said in disgust, "This is hopeless. We can't get blood from a stone." The government can't increase taxes any furthernobody has the money! You can't get blood from a turnip.
See also: blood, cannot, get, stone

like getting blood out of a stone


like getting blood out of a turnip

If you say something is like getting blood out of a stone, you mean it is extremely difficult to persuade someone to give you money or information. Getting a response from Pritchard's office was like getting blood out of a stone. Note: You can also say like getting blood from a stone or like getting blood from a turnip. Getting money back from the seller is like getting blood from a stone.
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone

like getting blood out of (or from) a stone

extremely difficult and frustrating.
A North American variant of this expression is like getting blood out of a turnip .
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone
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I loved the smell of the burnt turnip from the lit candle.
To prepare the turnip roots, turnip extract after drying using an electric mill and ground for use of sox let extraction (sox let), In this way, for every 10 grams of powder, turnip, 200 cc of solvent related to water and ethanol is added to make in sox let throw, and the solvent-assisted device Rota vapor extract from our [18].
Turnip plants (Brassica rapa rapifera, Seven Top) (2 weeks old) were transplanted to the field on Mar 10, and an 8-10-cm thick layer of dried straw mulch was applied by hand 2 d later to half of the plots.
By late November, the turnips had ripened to the point the deer could not eat the tops fast enough.
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However, their Collard Greens, Mixed Greens, and Turnip Greens smell and taste as fresh as they did the day they were picked.
I hate to dispel your obvious conclusion that all teachers fell off of the turnip truck yesterday.
It's a reference to the Democratic Convention of 1948, when Harry Truman gave a feisty off-the-cuff speech in which he promised to call legislators back to Washington on "the 26th of July, which out in Missouri we call Turnip Day.
Other comet grains came apart when they hit the gel, creating a bulbous hole at the surface before narrowing to a turnip shape.
These include the grand mother's famous turnip cake, Sonny's tape recording of his childhood, and the unfortunate demise of many of the members of the Lure family by tainted cheeseburger or speeding ice-cream truck.
Collards, kale, spinach, broccoli, mustard greens, and turnip greens are nutritional powerhouses.
It may well be that Crystal has an IQ that would rival that of a turnip (no maligning of turnips intended), but keep your opinion to yourself.
Turnip crops are attacked by two different flea beetles, which eat holes in the cotyledons and first leaves, chew stems and cause extensive plant loss.
NOT any old turnip, but Turnip Demilong de Croissy.