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This enraged the soldiers. They yelled louder at Steven and even began to throw things. To the soldiers’ surprise, he sat down and started to take off his disability aids to show them his permanent injuries. The booing stopped and (e) he had their attention. Steven then spoke to them about his injuries
and how he overcame them. He emphasized taking personal responsibility for success through setting goals and being persistent; turning lemons into lemonade.
What does "turning lemons into lemonade".mean? Lemon is a humble thing, and does lemonade mean a great thing?
is it a common phrase?
It means to make something good out of something bad.
Lemons are bitter and sour, but if you add a little sugar and water you get an enjoyable, refreshing beverage. Thus you make something good from something bad.
Yes, it's a fairly common phrase. It's often heard as "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade".
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