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fit 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 fit a quart into a pint pot."
See also: fit, pint, pot, quart

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."
See also: get, pint, pot, quart

half-pint

Any small, weak, and/or insignificant person. Alludes to a pint, a unit of liquid measurement. Don't go picking a fight with me, half-pint, or I'll knock you into next Tuesday! That new half-pint they hired as a CEO is totally incompetent.

you can't get a quart into a pint pot

It is useless trying to fit something into a container or area that is simply too small to contain it. (A quart is a larger amount than a pint, so getting a quart into a pint pot is physically impossible.) A: "I'm sure I can make it all fit! Just sit on my suitcase while I try zipping it up again." B: "Oh, give it a rest already. You can't get a quart into a pint pot." A: "She thinks she's going to fit into that dress for her wedding, but you can't get a quart into a pint pot." B: "Oh, Martha, what a mean thing to say!"
See also: get, pint, pot, quart

You cannot get a quart into a pint pot.

Prov. You cannot fit too much of something into a space that is too small. That dog is simply too big to get into this kennel. You can't get a quart into a pint pot. Our refrigerator isn't big enough to fit that watermelon in. You can't get a quart into a pint pot.
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fit a quart into a pint pot

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squeeze a quart into a pint pot

BRITISH
If someone is trying to fit a quart into a pint pot or squeeze a quart into a pint pot, they are trying to put a large amount of something into a container or space that is too small. In putting together a `brief' article on the Tay Bridge Disaster, I was faced with the problem of fitting a quart into a pint pot, there being so much material available. We're trying to squeeze a quart into a pint pot in terms of the amount of time we have to cover everything. Note: Other verbs can be used instead of fit or squeeze. `The builders tried to put a quart into a pint pot,' he commented, pointing to the narrow space between the house and its neighbours either side. Note: A quart is a unit of measure for liquids. It is equal to two pints.
See also: fit, pint, pot, quart

get (or fit) a quart into a pint pot

attempt to do the impossible, especially when this takes the form of trying to fit something into a space that is too small. British
See also: get, pint, pot, quart

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.
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PS5.18 Average price of a pint in London, against a average of PS3.72
And Sam Smith's, which traditionally sells cheap beer, is selling a pint of cask beer at the Commercial Hotel, New Street, for around PS1.90 a pint.
And the good news keeps coming for Glasgow folk - they can afford to sink more pints than their Edinburgh counterparts because Glasgow is far cheaper for a swally.
England cricket fans pay PS4 for a pint of Fosters at Lord's.
All supplements in the pint line are non-GMO and the majority of products are made with organic ingredients.
We compared the cost per pint of a family-sized carton of own brand semi-skimmed milk.
Hit the supermarkets and chains hard by all means, but let's keep a little bit of individuality!" Sean Stephenson added: "Yeah - that 1p off a pint will help no end."
Based on surroundings, music volume and the number of drinking partners, researchers have devised a formula that can calculate what makes a perfect pint for any given individual.
Whether the super-complaint lodged with government in order to tackle the pub companies' business model was wise or not is a moot point, but there is one campaigning point that I implore them to give up on - the fight for oversize - or lined - pint glasses, which offer extra room for a generous head on the beer.
Ten pence from every sale of new extra strong pint beer glasses is being donated to charity by a Birmingham-based firm.
THE price of a pint of beer is set to rise by up to 10p, more pubs will close and thousands of jobs lost after the Government pressed ahead with planned alcohol tax rises, campaigners warned yesterday.
The Campaign for Real Ale attacked the chancellor's decision to impose a "damaging" 7.2 per cent increase in beer duty, saying that the average duty and VAT on a pub pint will now exceed pounds 1.