You cannot put new wine in old bottles

you can't put new wine in(to) old bottles

proverb You cannot (or should not) try to force something new and different to be applied or added to an established, longstanding, outdated , or obsolete organization, system, or method. The state's newly elected governor is trying to make bold, progressive changes to the state's institutions, but she's quickly finding out that you can't put new wine in old bottles. Well, it's no wonder the program isn't working correctly—you're trying to run it on an operating system from 2001! You can't put new wine in old bottles. The company is wasting the talent of the young developers by forcing them to adhere to their old policies. You can't put new wine in old bottles, and such youthful talent eventually stagnates in such conditions.
See also: bottle, new, old, put, wine
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You cannot put new wine in old bottles.

Prov. You should not try to combine the new with the old. I think it is a mistake for the managers of that traditional art gallery to exhibit modern paintings. You can't put new wine in old bottles. Doug's attempt to teach ancient Chinese medicine to doctors trained in Western medicine was not a success. "I guess I can't put new wine in old bottles," Doug thought ruefully.
See also: bottle, cannot, new, old, put, wine
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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