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The meaning and origin of the expression: You can't get blood out of a stone

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You can't get blood out of a stone

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Meaning

You cannot extract what isn't there to begin with.

Origin

 

First recorded in Giovanni Torriano's Second Alphabet, 1662:

"To go about to fetch bloud out of stones, viz. to attempt what is impossible."

See also: the List of Proverbs.