(one) can't take (someone) anywhere

(one) can't take (someone) anywhere

Used to humorously indicate that someone cannot be trusted to behave in a socially acceptable manner in a public setting. Then he wolf whistled the waitress and knocked over one of the tables on the way out of the restaurant. I swear, I can't take my father anywhere. Would you two please be quiet? People are trying to watch the movie. Gosh, I can't take you anywhere!
See also: anywhere, take

I, you, etc. can’t take somebody ˈanywhere

(informal, often humorous) used to say that you cannot trust somebody to behave well in public: You’ve got soup all over your shirt — I can’t take you anywhere, can I?
See also: anywhere, somebody, take
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