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Can't Cliches Quiz

Don't tell me what I can't do! But these cliches will try.
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First submittedJune 1, 2011
Last updatedJanuary 17, 2016
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Cliche
You can't always get what you want
You can't have your cake and eat it too
You can't fight city hall
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
You can't teach an old dog new tricks
Beggars can't be choosers
You can't unring a bell
You can't judge a book by its cover
A leopard can't change its spots
You can't hit what you can't see
Cliche
Man can't live on bread alone
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen
You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hounds
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
You can't squeeze blood from a turnip
You can't cheat an honest man
You can't make an omelet without breaking some eggs
You can't keep a good man down
If you can't be good, be careful
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level 73
Jan 14, 2014
SILK purse...i tried leather purse. Crap
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level 45
Feb 3, 2014
Got 'em all. I'm going to quit while I'm ahead :-)
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level 41
Mar 12, 2014
got them all with 1:18 left
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level 43
May 12, 2014
dogs should work as hounds
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level 76
Dec 4, 2015
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level 58
Jan 13, 2015
Isn't it much much more frequently "You can't squeeze ___ out of a stone? I mean, you could squeeze something out of a turnip. That's the point, surely?
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level 58
Mar 19, 2015
My thought entirely. Never heard the turnip version.
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level 55
Apr 23, 2015
I've heard both.
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level 71
Jun 8, 2016
I've heard both, too.
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level 58
Jun 10, 2016
Whilst I may be able to squeeze turnip juice out of a turnip, I will not be able to squeeze blood out of it. Hence the saying still makes its point.
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level 52
Jun 1, 2015
Never heard "unring the bell", always just stop... Is unringing more common? Serious question, English is not my native language and I'd love to learn more about it :)
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level 67
Oct 27, 2015
Unring is not a common word, it's really just been used for this saying.
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level 75
Jun 8, 2016
I've never heard that one in any form.
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level 58
Jun 10, 2016
But you can stop a bell, so saying "You can't stop a bell." is both untrue and does not make a point. However "You can't unring a bell" meaning there are things that once said or done, can never be taken back or undone, does make a point.
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level 24
May 7, 2016
I thought it was, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the sun."
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level 59
Sep 9, 2016
I always think it's "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the oven" at first, and I have to remind myself that probably no one is going to be gathering in ovens and having parties in there.
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level 46
Jun 25, 2018
Well, I've also heard if you can't stand the heat, get off the dance floor, but I guess that's only after being on a dance floor with a jillion other high school students back in the day and finding out just how hot it can get--in more ways than one har har..
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level 21
Jun 8, 2016
Omelette, not omelet.
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level 39
Jun 8, 2016
Omelet is legit: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omelet
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level 39
Jun 8, 2016
Never heard the last one. Also, I thought the phrase was "sow's arse".
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level 67
Aug 5, 2016
Depends on the company you keep.
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level 76
Jun 8, 2016
I think I've heard "if you can't be good, be lucky".. or maybe just "better to be lucky than good" many times. Mostly by sore losers who have just lost a match online.
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level 72
Jun 8, 2016
+1 to please add lucky
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level 68
Jun 25, 2019
agree. Never heard "careful". Heard "lucky" all my life.
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level 57
Jun 8, 2016
Can't be good be careful? I always heard it "If you can't be good, be good at it." Oh well.
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level 19
Oct 27, 2018
I always heard: if you can't be good, be better
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level 38
Jun 8, 2016
Heard it as 'If you can't be good, be lucky' as well
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level 66
Jun 11, 2016
I've only heard it as "don't judge the book by its cover".
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level 72
Jun 12, 2016
Shame not to see my favourite: "You can't polish a turd"
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level 78
Sep 20, 2016
Although it definitely not as common, I've heard "If you can't be good be interesting" from multiple sources.
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level 67
Feb 10, 2017
I've also heard "If you can't be good ...... cheat!"
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level 57
Sep 26, 2017
I always heard, "If you can't be good, be good at it!"
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level 54
Dec 13, 2018
Yes definitely heard that one (and I think others too, but not the one from the quiz)
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level 38
Jan 30, 2018
If you can't be good, be careful... or name it after me".
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level 36
Apr 18, 2018
If you can't be good, be good at it.
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level 57
Jan 15, 2019
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level 46
May 29, 2018
I always thought it was a leopard can't change his shorts
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level 57
Jan 15, 2019
No, s/he can't change his/her lederhosen, or tie his/her shoes. (Yes, I watched Life of Brian the other night..."His self.." "Or herself!")
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level 54
Dec 13, 2018
I tried : if you cant be good, be great, better, awesome, (also evil since the others all didnt work. But knew it wasnt evil) pretty sure I ve heard the great and awesome before. Definitely sure that i havent heard carefull (not debating if it excists though)
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level 54
Dec 13, 2018
Ok I googled the variations, the careful indeeds gets many hits. The others mentioned above not really. Guess I didnt hear them but made them up myself... they sound good though! And still feel familiar.. so maybe people do say it, but it isnt really a thing
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level 58
Jan 15, 2019
When I was a kid I remember hearing "If you can't be good, be somewhere else", but that might have just been my hockey coach.
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level 56
Feb 13, 2019
pretty sure it's blood from a stone, not blood from a turnip. who tf says that??
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level 67
Feb 13, 2019
A vegetarian.
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level 77
Apr 12, 2019
the city hall one is odd, if its that bad people can change the system. And i know it's used in the context of having to pay taxes/fines or losing in court but I have known people to argue there case on both of those, and win. so doesn't seem to hold and if it does, do something about it people!
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