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 Silk Gown.Silken Thread. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Silk Purse.
 
You cannot make a silk purse of a sow’s car. “You cannot make a horn of a pig’s tail.” A sow’s ear may somewhat resemble a purse, and a curied pig’s tail may somewhat resemble a twisted horn, but a sow’s ear cannot be made into a silk purse, nor a pig’s tail into a cow’s horn.   1
       
“You cannot make, my lord, I fear,
A velvet purse of a sow’s ear.”
       
Peter Pindar: Lord B. and His Motions.
 


 Silk Gown.Silken Thread. 

 
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