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    Red face idioms

    What does the expression "take milk from rocks" mean?

    Complete sentence:

    "Stop trying to convince him, you cannot take milk from rocks!"


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    Re: idioms

    I know this as "you can't get blood from a stone".

    However hard you try, you will not be able to squeeze milk/blood from a rock/stone = you will not be able to change a situation whatever you do.


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    Re: idioms

    Thank you. Actually i only translated this portuguese idiom to english to see if a english speaker could understand it as an english idiom.


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    Re: idioms

    Seems to have worked


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    Re: idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by hscadore View Post
    Thank you. Actually i only translated this portuguese idiom to english to see if a english speaker could understand it as an english idiom.
    Here is another similar idiom from Chinese for your reference:

    It's impossible to climb up a tree and get fish there.

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