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

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Etymology[edit]

From the common perception of swine as unrefined, dirty, or base creatures.

Proverb[edit]

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

  1. It is not possible to produce something refined, admirable, or valuable from something which is unrefined, unpleasant, or of little or no value.

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