get/pour/put a quart into a pint pot
get a quart into a pint pot
To cram too much into a small container or space. (A quart is a larger amount than a pint, so getting a quart into a pint pot is impossible.) Primarily heard in UK. A: "Just sit on my suitcase while I try zipping it again." B: "Oh, quit trying to get a quart into a pint pot."
get (or fit) a quart into a pint potattempt to do the impossible, especially when this takes the form of trying to fit something into a space that is too small. British
get/pour/put a ˌquart into a pint ˈpot(British English) try to do something impossible, especially to try to put something into a space which is too small for it: 30 people in this small room! You can’t put a quart into a pint pot, you know.
A pint is 0.568 litres and a quart is 1.136 litres.