you can't make bricks without straw

you can't make bricks without straw

proverb You can't make or do something unless you have the basic necessary tools or materials. You're never going to have a championship team unless they start recruiting players who are actually any good. You can't make bricks without straw. Don't start building that shed unless you know you've got everything you'll need. You can't make bricks without straw.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

You cannot make bricks without straw.

Prov. You have to have all the necessary materials in order to make something. Ellen: I really wanted to give Fred a birthday party, but none of the people I invited were able to come. Jane: Don't blame yourself. You can't make bricks without straw.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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You can't make bricks without straw ACTUALLY you can, perfectly well.
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