American Idioms and Expressions

You Can Lead A Horse To Water But You Cant Make It Drink Idiom

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you can lead a horse to water (but you can't make it drink)
What does you can lead a horse to water (but you can't make it drink) mean?
you can give someone the opportunity to do something but you cannot force him or her to do it if they do not want to You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink and no matter how hard we try to help my cousin get a job he will not make any effort to find one.

you can lead a horse to water (but you can't make it drink)
What does you can lead a horse to water (but you can't make it drink) mean?
you can give someone the opportunity to do something but you cannot force him or her to do it if they do not want to You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink and no matter how hard we try to help my cousin get a job he will not make any effort to find one.

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What does "get a slap on the wrist" mean?
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What does "put up money for (something)" mean?
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What does "as wild as a tiger" mean?
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What does "big Kahuna" mean?
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What does "Window dressing" mean?
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What does "paper over the cracks (in/of something)" mean?
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What does "hold up" mean?
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a stuffed shirt
What does "a stuffed shirt" mean?
a person who is too rigid or too formalThe man is a stuffed shirt and I never feel comfortable when I talk with him.

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