Definition of you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear in English:

you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear

phrase

proverb
  • You can't create a fine product from inferior materials.

    • ‘Thompson says, ‘you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.’’
    • ‘As the old saying goes, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.’
    • ‘My grandmother used to tell me you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.’
    • ‘But you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.’