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you can't make bricks without straw

You can't make or do something unless you have the basic necessary tools or materials. You're never going to have a championship team unless they start recruiting players who are actually any good. You can't make bricks without straw. Don't start building that shed unless you know you've got everything you'll need. You can't make bricks without straw.
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You cannot make bricks without straw.

Prov. You have to have all the necessary materials in order to make something. Ellen: I really wanted to give Fred a birthday party, but none of the people I invited were able to come. Jane: Don't blame yourself. You can't make bricks without straw.
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Howard Shelley, directing from the keyboard, and his Australian band play well but can't make bricks without straw.
You can't make bricks without straw ACTUALLY you can, perfectly well.
I believe it was Moses who coined the immortal expression, you can't make bricks without straw.
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