Definition of you can't get a quart into a pint pot in English:

you can't get a quart into a pint pot

phrase

British
proverb
  • You cannot achieve the impossible.

    • ‘‘It is impossible to fit a quart into a pint pot,’ said Mr Wilson, who welcomed the 106 Agreement, but said the fundamental problem of parking would remain.’
    • ‘A spokesman for pressure group London Health Emergency, which has links to nursing and public services union Unison, said the plans were like ‘trying to fit a quart into a pint pot.’’
    • ‘We all know that by compressing data we can effectively fit a quart into a pint pot - and data compression is already widely used on the Net.’
    • ‘Mr Tipple said: ‘It's a quart in a pint pot and it won't fit.’
    • ‘But for MML the transition stage will be the railway equivalent of getting a quart into a pint pot.’
    • ‘He concluded: ‘I would like to see a plan that doesn't try and fit a pint into a quart pot, that is realistic and sensible.’
    • ‘Trying to fit a quart into a pint pot really is very difficult.’
    • ‘Wharfedale District Councillor Greaves said 19 homes on the site was too many and he accused the developer of trying to ‘squeeze a quart into a pint pot’.’
    • ‘Councillor Chris Townsley said: ‘The current store is an old one and needs to be brought up to modern standards, but you can't get a quart into a pint pot.’’
    • ‘May I just point out one small mathematical fact: You can't get a quart into a pint pot!’