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you can't make an omelet without breaking (a few) eggs

Sometimes, you have to do unpleasant things in order to complete a task or meet a goal. Your students clearly don't respect you. I know you don't want to yell at them, but you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. If I don't cut people's salaries, the company is going to go bankrupt. It's unfortunate, but you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet

Sometimes, you have to do unpleasant things in order to complete a task or meet a goal. Your students clearly don't respect you. I know you don't want to yell at them, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. If I don't cut people's salaries, the company is going to go bankrupt. It's unfortunate, but you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet.
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You cannot make an omelet without breaking eggs.

Prov. In order to get something good or useful, you must give up something else. Jill: Why do they have to tear down that beautiful old building to build an office park? Jane: You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. Alan: We may make more money by raising our prices, but we'll also upset a lot of customers. Fred: You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs.

you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs

To accomplish something, you have to be willing to make sacrifices. This term is a straight translation from the French (On ne saurait faire une omelette sans casser des oeufs), who not only invented omelets but transferred the term to other affairs. It was translated into English in the nineteenth century. Combining two clichés, General P. Thompson said, “We are walking upon eggs, and whether we tread East or tread West, the omelet will not be made without the breaking of some” (Audi Alt, 1859; cited by OED).
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You can also add herbs and different kinds of cheese to make the omelet extra rich and elegant.
Heat skillet over low heat for 20 seconds, uncover, and, using rubber spatula, loosen edges of omelet from skillet.
Options include seafood, salad, continental and carving stations, a build-your-own omelet and waffle station, plus hot entrees, a kids buffet and, for dessert, assorted mini French pastries, flourless chocolate cake, flan, mini fruit tarts and more.
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To serve, cut the omelet into wedges and top each portion with a quarter of the salmon and lemon cream, as well as a sprinkling of dill.
This electric waffle iron will be able to cook a Belgian waffle and an omelet simultaneously, so that hungry stomachs need not wait too long to gobble down either.
The Squish Silicone Microwave Omelet Maker makes scrumptious omelets in minutes.
To make the omelet: In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, water, salt and pepper to taste.
We have omelet night at our house every couple of weeks; it's always interesting and inexpensive.
Number of eateries in a Burger King Enormous Omelet Sandwich: two cheese omelets, bacon, and sausage on a roll.
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Yum-yum omelet Whisk together 3 egg whites and 1 yolk.
Before you went any further, you could take a button--just like at the Met--except that it was emblazoned not with the museum's initials but with a quote by urban planner (or destroyer?) Robert Moses: "You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs." When it's put that way, you'd generally opt for the omelet.
to 6:30 p.m., Mother's Day brunch features hot buffet items such as banana walnut French toast, chicken piccata and buttermilk pancakes with berry compote, a carving station, salads, a cold display, a seafood and raw bar featuring oysters on the half shell and Jonah crab claws, custom-order omelet and pasta stations, a kids' station and a dessert table with a chocolate fountain, cakes, pastries and tarts.
Not very often the house cook gets inspired to make hotcakes or omelet, which we actually like.