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get a quart into a pint pot

To attempt to cram too much into a small container or space. (A quart is larger than a pint.) 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

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


squeeze a quart into a pint pot

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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Punjab struggled hard to come back in the match in the third quart.
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Quart argues that during the past decade or so America's youth, egged on by their parents, have become wedded to consumption as personal identity: You are what you buy.
Her farewell sentence surprised me; I didn't expect to be its subject: "You area blessing," she said, sending me off into the night, clutching an empty quart jar I was to fill and give away again.
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You should put 5 quarts of water in a 7 or 8 quart pot
Please go to the store and buy a pound of butter, a dozen eggs, and a quart of milk for me.
Just a little more than the quart of liquid we're used to.
Birches also produce plenty of water, so it takes about 26 gallons of sap to make just one quart of syrup.
That means it costs just under a half cent a quart, which places the Pocket Filter at the top of the value category.
By examining imagery intended to present analogies between the secular and the divine, Randall finds a desire for resemblance in all the writers studied, and, paradoxically, that it is Jean Molinet who appears most skeptical of the powers of analogical representation, although Rabelais in the Quart livre comes close.
Stir, add ice cubes and pour in one quart of club soda.
The steel men were leading by two goals in the first two quarts, both scored by Abbas Haider on penalty corners, but they lost their grip on the proceedings which suddenly slipped into Railways' favour in the third quart the rail men not only leveled the score but took a goal lead as well.