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fall off the turnip truck

To be gullible, naïve, or unsophisticated. The subject is often a person from a rural or rustic background. Mary has no idea about how to act in polite society, always behaving as if she just fell off the turnip truck.
See also: fall, off, truck, turnip

like getting blood out of a stone

Impossible or extremely difficult to accomplish. Good luck getting a group of toddlers to sit still—it's like getting blood out of a stone. A: "Why don't you ask your dad for the money?" B: "Because getting my dad to lend money is like getting blood out of a stone."
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone

like getting blood out of a turnip

Impossible or extremely difficult to accomplish. Good luck getting a group of toddlers to sit still—it's like getting blood out of a turnip. A: "Why don't you ask your dad for the money?" B: "Because getting my dad to lend money is like getting blood out of a turnip."
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, turnip

like getting blood from a turnip

Impossible or extremely difficult to accomplish. Good luck getting a group of toddlers to sit still—it's like getting blood from a turnip. A: "Why don't you ask your dad for the money?" B: "Because getting my dad to lend money is like getting blood from a turnip."
See also: blood, get, like, turnip

just fell off the turnip truck

Rur. ignorant; unsophisticated. He stood there gawking at the buildings in town like he just fell off the turnip truck. My cousin acts like she just fell off the turnip truck.
See also: fell, just, off, truck, turnip

You cannot get blood from a stone.

 and You cannot get blood from a turnip.
Prov. You cannot get help from an uncharitable person or money from someone who has none. Jerry and James spent two hours trying to convince the old miser to contribute to the children's hospital; finally, James turned to Jerry and said in disgust, "This is hopeless. We can't get blood from a stone." The government can't increase taxes any furthernobody has the money! You can't get blood from a turnip.
See also: blood, cannot, get, stone

like getting blood out of a stone

BRITISH or

like getting blood out of a turnip

AMERICAN
If you say something is like getting blood out of a stone, you mean it is extremely difficult to persuade someone to give you money or information. Getting a response from Pritchard's office was like getting blood out of a stone. Note: You can also say like getting blood from a stone or like getting blood from a turnip. Getting money back from the seller is like getting blood from a stone.
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone

like getting blood out of (or from) a stone

extremely difficult and frustrating.
A North American variant of this expression is like getting blood out of a turnip .
See also: blood, get, like, of, out, stone

blood from a stone/turnip, one can't get

This is a hopeless source of help (money, comfort, and so forth). Both stone and turnip date from the nineteenth century, and other versions exist in numerous languages. Dickens used the stone analogy a number of times, in David Copperfield, Our Mutual Friend, and other works, and health-food trends notwithstanding, it is more common today than turnip. However, Clive Cussler had the latter in Sahara (1992): “‘You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip,’ said Giordino. ‘It’s a miracle we made it this far.’”
See also: blood, get, one, stone
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Hasbani also reported that just 50 percent of the factories used the proper containers to store the turnips, while the remaining 50 percent used some but not all of the proper equipment.
Turnips are available all year, but they're best eaten young and small, tender and sweet.
Turnip successfully purchased I returned to relieve him of his duty only to notice he smelt strongly of alcohol.
When the wheat coexisted with the turnip, the culture also suffered interference in the DSM by the turnip as a competing species (Figure 2).
El-Sherbeny et al., (2012) reported that the use of NPK @ 100: 100: 50 enhanced number of leaves/ plant (17.2), fresh weight of leaves (106.4 g/plant), dry weight of leaves (6.0 g/plant), length of roots (21.8 cm), fresh weight of roots (115.3 g/plant)and dry weight of roots (6.0 g/plant), in turnip. Application of chemical fertilizers makes the soil fertile and increases productivity of crops, while introducing the adverse effects on soil and environment (Attanayake et al., 2010).
Combine six medium turnips, peeled and sliced, 4 cups chicken broth, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper and bring to a boil until turnips are tender.
Two brassica crops that are strikingly superior when grown at lower temperatures are turnips and arugula, which also pair well in the kitchen.
After the sweet potatoes and turnip have roasted for 15 minutes, use a spatula to turn the pieces.
The idea behind 'Turnip and go' is to sell locally-sourced fresh fruit and vegetables to college staff and students from a market stall at the college's Baltic Campus.
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English name and scientific name Brassica rapa Turnip Chalipaeean family Cruci Fera is an old plant with rough leaves and cuts a lot of green, white, turnip, not only in terms of having a good vitamin and mineral properties [13].
The objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of including forage turnip and physic nut cakes, derived from oleaginous grains cold pressing for biodiesel production, on chemical composition and fermentation characteristics of elephant grass silage.
That they may be bitter or sweet, thin-skinned, reluctant to peel, the affability of turnips. Of turnip cartels, turnip mills, and how mercurial the price of turnips.