a leopard can't change his spots

a leopard can't change its spots

proverb One will stay true to one's nature, even if one pretends or claims otherwise. After our breakup, he came crawling back, trying to convince me that he'd changed, but I know that a leopard can't change its spots. You're never going to convince Tom about this—he's too stubborn, and a leopard can't change its spots. A: "Come on, a leopard can't change its spots." B: "I thought so too, but the former president really seems to have changed his views on social welfare since leaving office."
See also: change, leopard, spot
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a leopard can't change his spots

people can't change their basic nature. proverb
See also: change, leopard, spot
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