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jell

slang To become cohesive; to blend or unify. You won't jell with your new teammates overnight—just give it time.

like nailing Jell-O to a cross

Incredibly difficult or impossible, such that it could be seen as a foolish or worthless endeavor to attempt. (Jell-O is a trademark for a brand of gelatin-based desserts that have a soft, gelatinous texture.) Trying to have a reasonable debate with her father is like nailing Jell-O to a cross. If they can't secure a victory here today, climbing back to a spot in the tournament finals will be like nailing Jell-O to a cross.
See also: cross, like, nail

like nailing Jell-O to a tree

Incredibly difficult or impossible, such that it could be seen as a foolish or worthless endeavor to attempt. (Jell-O is a trademark for a brand of gelatin-based desserts that have a soft, gelatinous texture.) Trying to have a reasonable debate with her father is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. If they can't secure a victory here today, climbing back to a spot in the tournament finals will be like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
See also: like, nail, tree

like nailing Jell-O to the wall

Incredibly difficult or impossible, such that it could be seen as foolish or futile to attempt. (Jell-O is a trademark for a brand of gelatin-based desserts that have a soft, gelatinous texture.) Trying to have a reasonable debate with her father is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. Getting the kids to behave after a big party is like nailing Jell-O to the wall.
See also: like, nail, wall

like trying to nail Jell-O to a cross

Incredibly difficult or impossible, such that it could be seen as a foolish or worthless endeavor to attempt. (Jell-O is a trademark for a brand of gelatin-based desserts that have a soft, gelatinous texture.) Trying to have a reasonable debate with her father is like trying to nail Jell-O to a cross. If they can't secure a victory here today, climbing back to a spot in the tournament finals will be like trying to nail Jell-O to a cross.
See also: cross, like, nail, trying

like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree

Incredibly difficult or impossible, such that it could be seen as a foolish or worthless endeavor to attempt. (Jell-O is a trademark for a brand of gelatin-based desserts that have a soft, gelatinous texture.) Trying to have a reasonable debate with her father is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree. If they can't secure a victory here today, climbing back to a spot in the tournament finals will be like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree.
See also: like, nail, tree, trying

like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall

Incredibly difficult or impossible, such that it could be seen as foolish or futile to attempt. (Jell-O is a trademark for a brand of gelatin-based desserts that have a soft, gelatinous texture.) Trying to have a reasonable debate with her father is like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. Getting the kids to behave after a big party is like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall.
See also: like, nail, trying, wall

like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall

AMERICAN
If something is like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall, it is impossible or extremely difficult. Jell-O is a trademark. Trying to describe the party's policy on this is like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. Note: Jell-O is a dessert that resembles ready-made jelly. This expression was first used by the American President Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to William Roscoe Thayer in 1915. He was describing the difficulty of negotiating with Colombia over the Panama Canal.
See also: like, nail, trying, wall

nail Jell-O to the wall

and nail Jell-O to a cross and nail Jell-O to a tree
phr. to do something that is totally futile. (Jell-O is a protected trade name.) You’re wasting your time. Trying to get him to do that is like nailing Jell-O to the wall.
See also: nail, wall

nail Jell-O to a cross

verb
See also: cross, nail

nail Jell-O to a tree

verb
See also: nail, tree
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If you double a recipe using commercial pectin, the mixture takes longer to cook, the pectin breaks down, and the jelling bond fails.
Real jelly is made from fruit juice without any pulp, so the balance of pectin, fruit juice, acid, and sugar is critical to the jelling process.
'Hopefully, everybody starts jelling,' Bakers coach Egay Macaraya said.
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And all you do must be done thinking of that, Jelling said.
Marano said they had no problem jelling with their Foton teammates.