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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

like getting blood out of a stone

Impossible or extremely difficult to accomplish. Good luck getting a group of toddlers to sit still—it's like getting blood out of a stone. A: "Why don't you ask your dad for the money?" B: "Because getting my dad to lend money is like getting blood out of a stone."
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone

like getting blood out of a turnip

Impossible or extremely difficult to accomplish. Good luck getting a group of toddlers to sit still—it's like getting blood out of a turnip. A: "Why don't you ask your dad for the money?" B: "Because getting my dad to lend money is like getting blood out of a turnip."
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, turnip

like getting blood from a turnip

Impossible or extremely difficult to accomplish. Good luck getting a group of toddlers to sit still—it's like getting blood from a turnip. A: "Why don't you ask your dad for the money?" B: "Because getting my dad to lend money is like getting blood from a turnip."
See also: blood, get, like, 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

BRITISH or

like getting blood out of a turnip

AMERICAN
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

blood from a stone/turnip, one can't get

This is a hopeless source of help (money, comfort, and so forth). Both stone and turnip date from the nineteenth century, and other versions exist in numerous languages. Dickens used the stone analogy a number of times, in David Copperfield, Our Mutual Friend, and other works, and health-food trends notwithstanding, it is more common today than turnip. However, Clive Cussler had the latter in Sahara (1992): “‘You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip,’ said Giordino. ‘It’s a miracle we made it this far.’”
See also: blood, get, one, stone
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Turnips grow best in moisture-retentive soils and should be kept well watered before dry weather.
Turnips have a distinctive tang, which mellows when you cook them.
However, it turned out that he misunderstood what she said - instead of getting her tulips, Allan brought home a bucket of turnips.
If you're planning your allotment crops, vegetable plots or even just a large pot to grow your own in, consider giving some space to turnips, which are easy to grow and which you can leave in the ground through the winter until you need them.
BEIRUT: The Health Ministry Monday published a list of seven institutions found to have produced pickled turnips contaminated with a banned, potentially cancer-causing substance.
Turnips are available all year, but they're best eaten young and small, tender and sweet.
He quickly made himself at home in the bull pen but couldn't fit his head though the wooden feeder to get his hay and turnips.
Jack had more than a fair share of his name, and stingy he was; a drunken, mean and cheap old man who liked eating turnips so much and carrying them around with him, or he would steal them whenever he had a chance.
by Times News Service Turnips can be sauteed, grilled, blanched, roasted
"Turnips and turnip tops are a great healthy treat for your chickens.
Two brassica crops that are strikingly superior when grown at lower temperatures are turnips and arugula, which also pair well in the kitchen.
Fresh British turnips are available all year, but maincrop varieties peak around now and are great boiled and mashed, used in soups and stews - or as the side dish ROAST TURNIPS WITH CHEESE...
Cooked till they're sweet and mellow, turnips are less fibrous than the daikon traditionally used in this ' homestyle stew, and they make a good bridge between the beef and salty-sweet braising liquid.