Make a silk purse



see: can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

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  • Make a splash

    verb phrase To produce a strong and usually favorable impression; be very conspicuous: That’s the book that made such a big splash a couple of years ago (1820+)

  • Make a stab at

    Try to do something, as in I don’t know the answer but I’ll make a stab at it. This expression derives from stab in the sense of “a vigorous thrust.” [ Late 1800s ] Also see: make a pass at, def. 2.



  • Make a stab at something

    verb phrase To make an attempt; have a try: I’ve never done this before, but I’ll make a stab at it (1895+)

  • Make a stand

    Hold firm against something or someone, as in The government was determined to make a stand against all forms of terrorism. This idiom transfers the early meaning of holding ground against an enemy to other issues. [ c. 1600 ]



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