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by the (unit)

For each unit, as of items sold in this manner. How much does this meat cost by the pound?
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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

you can't get a quart into a pint pot

proverb 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
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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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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