You can’t get blood out of a stone

Meaning. Examples. Equivalents in other languages.

Meaning

You can’t get blood out of a stone or You can’t get blood from a stone means that it is pointless to expect positive results from someone or something that doesn’t have the will, the ability or the resources.

Examples

Persuading Mary to come to the party is like getting blood from a stone.

Getting him to come clean is like trying to get blood out of a stone.

You can’t get blood out of a stone in Catalan

 You can't get blood out of a stone in Catalan

You can’t get blood out of a stone in French

C’est comme se heurter à un mur (literally, It’s like hitting your head against a wall).

You can't get blood out of a stone in French

You can’t get blood out of a stone in Irish Gaelic

Is doiligh olann a bhaint de ghabhar ( literally, it’s hard to get wool off a goat).

You can’t get blood out of a stone in German

Verlorene Liebesmüh  ( literally, Love’s Labour’s Lost).

You can’t get blood out of a stone in Italian

Come picchiare un cavallo morto ( literally, It’s like flogging a dead horse) .

You can’t get blood out of a stone in Portuguese

Tirar nabos da púcara ( literally, to throw prickly turnips).

You can’t get blood out of a stone in Spanish

No le pidas peras al olmo (literally, don’t ask for pears to an elm tree)

You can't get blood out of a stone in Spanish

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