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you can't teach an old dog new tricks

You cannot teach some new skill or behavior to someone who is set in their ways. Good luck getting Grandpa to start going to yoga with you. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick

if you can't beat 'em

If you can't defeat your opponent, then you might as well work alongside them or do what they do. A shortening of the phrase "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." A: "I thought you said you'd never join social media." B: "Yeah, but everybody else has, so if you can't beat 'em."
See also: beat, if

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em

If you can't defeat your opponent, then you might as well work alongside them or do what they do. A: "I thought you said you'd never join social media." B: "Yeah, but everybody else has, so if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, I guess."
See also: beat, if, join

can't remember a fucking thing

rude slang Has difficulty remembering anything; forgets a lot of things. Geez, I can't remember a fucking thing these days! I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday!
See also: fucking, remember, thing

can't remember shit

rude slang Has difficulty remembering anything; forgets a lot of things. Geez, I can't remember shit these days! I'm so sorry I forgot your birthday!
See also: remember, shit

(you) can't get there from here

A humorous phrase used when giving directions to a place that is far away or difficult to get to from one's current location. Main Street? Well, you can't get there from here—we're out in the sticks.
See also: get, here, there

I can't accept that

I don't believe or agree with what you are saying. They said Amanda was more qualified for the promotion than I am, but I can't accept that, knowing that I've had more training than her.
See also: accept, that

I can't believe it/that/this

This information is so shocking or implausible as to be unbelievable. A: "Did you hear that Amanda got the promotion?" B: "Yep, and I can't believe it. I know I'm more qualified for it than she is!" Are they really closing McCauley's after 40 years? I can't believe it!
See also: believe, that, this

I can't understand (it)

I'm confused or puzzled (by something). I can't understand why Tom would make such a ridiculous statement. I can't understand it, but yes, Sue is selling her beautiful house.
See also: understand

if you can't stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen

If you can't cope with or handle the pressure in a given situation, you should remove yourself from that situation. Typically used to imply that the one being addressed is weak or unsuited for such work. The pace is only going to pick up from here, newbie, so if you can't stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen.
See also: if, keep, kitchen, of, out, stand

if you can't be good, be careful

If you can't stop yourself from behaving improperly, try to limit the degree of risk or danger involved. If you can't be good, be careful, OK? Please try not to get into too much trouble.
See also: careful, if

I can't accept that.

Inf. I do not believe what you said.; I reject what you said. Sue: The mechanic says we need a whole new engine. John: What? I can't accept that! Tom: You're now going to work on the night shift. You don't seem to be able to get along with some of the people on the day shift. Bob: I can't accept that. It's them, not me.
See also: accept, that

If you can't be good, be careful.

Prov. If you are going to do immoral things, make sure they are not dangerous.; If you are going to do something immoral, make sure to keep it secret. (Sometimes used as a flippant way of saying good-bye.) Be a good girl on your vacation trip. Or if you can't be good, be careful. Ernest likes to close his letters with, "If you can't be good, be careful."
See also: careful, if

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Also, if you can't lick 'em, join 'em. If you can't defeat your opponents you might be better off by switching to their side. For example, Seeing that no one else was willing to stick with the old software program, Marcia learned the new one, noting if you can't beat 'em, join 'em , or I opposed a new school library, but the town voted for it, so I'll support it-if you can't lick 'em, join 'em . This expression dates from about 1940 and originally alluded to political opponents. The opposite idea is expressed in an advertising slogan used in the 1960s and 1970s by a cigarette company, in which the smoker would fight rather than switch brands.
See also: beat, if, join

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

INFORMAL
People say if you can't beat 'em, join 'em to mean that if you cannot change what someone is doing, you should start to do it yourself. It became a case of `if you can't beat 'em, join 'em', and I ended up working there too. Note: This expression is often varied, for example by saying things such as if you can't beat 'em, you should join 'em, or by using the whole word them instead of 'em. Conscious of rising support for these policies, the Liberal party decided that if it couldn't beat them, it should join them.
See also: beat, if, join

you can't teach an old dog new tricks

If you say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, you mean that it is often difficult to get people to try new ways of doing things, especially if they have been doing something in a particular way for a long time. The low levels of participation among older people are affected by the widespread belief that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Note: This expression is often varied. For example, if you say you can teach an old dog new tricks or an old dog can learn new tricks, you mean that it is possible to get people to try new ways of doing something. Our work shows that you can teach an old dog new tricks. An old dog can learn new tricks if he has both the will and the opportunity.
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick

you can't teach an old dog new tricks

you cannot make people change their ways. proverb
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick

You can't teach an old dog new tricks

Getting people to change their habits or acquire new skills is impossible. Puppies are teachable, but older dogs are less apt to be able to be trained, or so popular wisdom had it. By the same token, an octogenarian who has read the morning newspaper for decades is unlikely to be willing, much less eager, to switch to the online edition.
See also: dog, new, old, teach, trick
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The logs were sawn at the scragg headrig that produced a two-sided cant, slabs and sawdust.
This yield is less than cant grade two, 77 percent yield, but greater than cant grade three, 47 percent yield, according to the grading scheme suggested by Mitchell et al.
The overrun and underrun was based on the cant and lumber volume for each log group in the yield study.
In this study, logs, or two-sided cants, from 134 small-diameter hardwood logs of varying sweep characteristics were either curve or straight sawn to determine and compare the effect of these sawing methods on lumber and pallet part yields.
The results of this study reveal that, compared to straight sawing, curve sawing cants from logs has no effect on total pallet part yields.
The results of this study indicate that, compared to straight sawing, there is no significant change in average lumber length due to curve sawing cants from logs with less than 30 percent sweep scale deduction, or average sweep ranging from 0 to 3.3 inches (12-ft basis).
Yield losses from sawing hardwood cants into pallet parts
From Table 4, average yield loss by component for all cants processed were as follows: 10 percent kerf loss, 7 percent defect loss, and 5 percent dimension loss.
The fact that average defect loss was lower than expected indicates the high percentage of sound wood volume in hardwood cants. Low defect losses, high average pallet part yield, and little variation within these two data groups support the adoption of a singe cant grading rule.
Virginia Tech researchers urge single grading method for cants. Pallet Enterprise April: 60-61.
Predicting pallet part yields from hardwood cants. MS Thesis, Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Tech, 159 pp.
The grading of a cant is a complex task that requires the accurate measurement of all objectionable defects.
For the octagonal cants, the circumference was measured at each end and the bulk volume was calculated as:
The transverse vibration technique was used to estimate the MOE of boards obtained from octagonal cants, using a Metriguard Model 340 E-computer.
Static bending tests were performed on a limited number of 1- by 1- by 16-inch (25.4- by 25.4- by 406-mm) clear wood specimens obtained from octagonal cants using a SATEC Universal Testing Machine.