make a spoon or spoil a horn

make a spoon or spoil a horn

To do whatever it takes to achieve or accomplish something, even if it spoils something as a result. An allusion to the former use of cattle horns for making cutlery. I knew the boy would be a valuable asset to us, the type who would make a spoon or spoil a horn. She was bound and determined to use her family's fortune to create a company that served the poorest in society, and she was willing to make a spoon or spoil the horn trying to do it.
See also: horn, make, spoil, spoon

make a spoon or spoil a horn

make a determined effort to achieve something, whatever the cost.
This phrase alludes to the former practice of making spoons out of the horns of cattle or sheep.
See also: horn, make, spoil, spoon