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The meaning of "you cant teach an old dog new tricks"

" You can't teach an old dog new tricks "
Meaning:
Once animals (and people) are set in their ways they struggle to assimilate new ideas.
Example:
I tried to learn Mandarin after I retired but I got nowhere with it. I guess you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 16th century proverb. One of the oldest proverbs in English.
Where is it used?:
Worldwide, but like many proverbs, now mostly used by the older generation.
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