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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."
See also: get, 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


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.
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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Somebody had to pay for the six quarts, which, multiplied by thirty, amounted to a tidy sum in the course of the month; and, since that man was Dag Daughtry, he found it necessary to pass Michael inboard on the Makambo through a starboard port-hole.
And so, knowing his captain's speech, swollen with pride in his own prowess, Dag Daughtry would continue his ship-work with extra vigour and punish a seventh quart for the day in advertisement of his remarkable constitution.
And ten pounds, metamorphosed into quart bottles of beer, reared an immense and radiant vision, very like a brewery, inside his head.
Here, in a solitary situation, he found--an empty quart pot standing on the table, on which some beer being spilt, it looked as if the room had lately been inhabited; but at present it was entirely vacant.
He also sustained a clay pipe between his teeth, which he only removed for a brief space when he deemed it necessary to apply for refreshment to a quart pot upon the table, which stood ready filled with gin-and-water for the accommodation of the company.
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.
La Tunisie et la Republique democratique du Congo ont obtenu leur qualification, lundi dernier, pour les quarts de finale de la CAN-2015 dans le Groupe B et rejoignent ainsi le Congo et la Guinee equatoriale qualifies dans le Groupe A.
Sides include two quarts of cornbread dressing, one pint of cranberry dressing, one quart of giblet gravy, a dozen dinner rolls and a pumpkin or pecan pie.
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.
This year, Indulac will use more than 526,000 quarts of fresh milk to produce its white cheese.
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.
Guy Forget a emis l'idee de chambouler l'ordre des tetes de serie pour Roland-Garros afin d'eviter un Nadal-Djokovic des les quarts de finale.
Fishing traits include a 50-gallon livewell with 1,600 GPH pump, port and starboard insulated fish boxes measuring 390 quarts, six gunnel-mount rod holders and 470 quarts of forward center storage.
Strong tea: Boil four tea bags in one quart of water, then add two quarts cool water.
99 and are available in four sizes: one pint, one quart, two quarts and three quarts.