you can't get a quart into a pint pot

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!"
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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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