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half-pint

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 cram too much into a small container or space. (A quart is a larger amount than a pint, so getting a quart into a pint pot is impossible.) 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."
See also: get, pint, pot, quart

fit a quart into a pint pot

To cram too much into a small container or space. (A quart is a larger amount than a pint, so getting a quart into a pint pot is impossible.) Primarily heard in UK. A: "Just sit on my suitcase while I try zipping it again." B: "Oh, quit trying to fit a quart into a pint pot."
See also: fit, pint, pot, quart

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

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squeeze a quart into a pint pot

BRITISH
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.
See also: fit, pint, pot, quart

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
See also: get, pint, pot, quart

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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Yet in comparing the price of Ireland's favourite pint to living wages across the UK and Ireland, we were surprised to find how significantly it can vary.
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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.
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.
Roger Lewis, WRU chief executive, said: "It was an enjoyable day when we celebrated the three million pint milestone during the RBS Six Nations clash against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium in 2006 and we plan for another great occasion.
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16 while bottles containing six pints are down from pounds 1.
If you were offered your choice of 1/2 gallon of fruit juice, or 2 quarts of fruit juice, or 4 pints of fruit juice, which would you take?