Definition of you can't keep a good man (or woman) down in English:

you can't keep a good man (or woman) down

phrase

informal
  • A competent person will always recover well from setbacks.

    • ‘It's true that McNabb started the 2003 season in horrible fashion, but you can't keep a good man down forever, especially when he has the moves and the arm of this quarterback.’
    • ‘But you know what they say - you can't keep a good man down.’
    • ‘He was on the receiving end of three pushes but you can't keep a good man down.’
    • ‘There's an age old adage however that says you can't keep a good man down, and while even some of his closest allies feared that defeat would end his career in public life Oliver Coffey had other ideas.’
    • ‘Well, you can't keep a good man down and he's back, again.’
    • ‘Like they say, you can't keep a good man down and the cream always rises to the top.’
    • ‘He had a bad day at the office on Monday, but you can't keep a good man down for long.’
    • ‘We should have known that you can't keep a good man down.’
    • ‘Attorney General John Ashcroft rushed back from gall-bladder surgery this week - you can't keep a good man down - to announce that the Department of Justice will set up a special Intellectual Property Task Force.’
    • ‘But you can't keep a good man down: Jack got on that plane and contested the Vegas tournaments with two broken ribs, a punctured lung and a metal plate in his wrist.’