you can't spell (something) without (something else)

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you can't spell (something) without (something else)

Said of a word or phrase that contains the letters of something else within it, used either to imply a connection between the two concepts or for purely humorous effect. Call now for a 30% discount on our free weights. And remember, you can't spell Barracks Road Home Gym without "Rock Hard Abs"! A: "Why would you make light of such a terrible tragedy?" B: "Well, you can't spell slaughter without laughter!"
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