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Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Can't Squeeze Blood From A Turnip"

"You can't squeeze blood from or turnip" - means you can't get something from someone who doesn't have it. No amount of asking or wheedling or forcing can get someone to give you what they don't have. Usually used in terms of money. Unknown origin, but thought to originate in the Bible, with the story about Cain and Abel in Genesis 4? "Abel kept flocks (a shepherd/rancher), and Cain worked the soil (a farmer). In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock (a meat offering requiring bloodshed). The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor." (NIV) In the Old Testament God required a blood offering for sin. Hence, you can't get blood out of a turnip. Another reference says "blood from a turnip" was used by Frederick Marryat, "apparently borrowing an expression from folklore," in "Japhet in Search of a Father" in 1836: There's no getting blood out of a turnip."

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