make bricks without straw


make bricks without straw
make bricks without straw
1. To try to do a piece of work without the materials necessary for it
2. To make something that will not last
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Main Entry:brick

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make bricks without ˈstraw idiom
(BrE) to try to work without the necessary material, money, information, etc.
Main entry:brickidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • make bricks without straw — {v. phr.} To make something without the wherewithal; do something the hard way; do a job under hard conditions. * /John could not go to a library, and writing the report was a job of making bricks without straw./ * /It was making bricks without… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make bricks without straw — {v. phr.} To make something without the wherewithal; do something the hard way; do a job under hard conditions. * /John could not go to a library, and writing the report was a job of making bricks without straw./ * /It was making bricks without… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make\ bricks\ without\ straw — v. phr. To make something without the wherewithal; do something the hard way; do a job under hard conditions. John could not go to a library, and writing the report was a job of making bricks without straw. It was making bricks without straw to… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • make bricks without straw — do something in spite of the lack of necessary materials, make something out of nothing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • you cannot make bricks without straw — Nothing can be made or performed without the necessary materials. Frequently used as a metaphorical phrase, to make bricks without straw. A (misapplied) allusion to EXODUS V. 7 (AV) Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • You can't make bricks without straw. — something that you say which means you cannot do something correctly without the necessary materials. I need an electric drill to put these shelves up. You can t make bricks without straw …   New idioms dictionary

  • you can't make bricks without straw — ► you can t make bricks without straw proverb nothing can be made or accomplished without adequate material or information. Main Entry: ↑brick …   English terms dictionary

  • you can't make bricks without straw — proverb nothing can be made or accomplished without proper or adequate material or information Origin: with biblical allusion to Exodus 5; without straw meant without having straw provided (i.e., the Israelites were required to gather the straw… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bricks without straw — is a phrase which refers to a task which must be done without appropriate resources.OriginIn Exodus 5 (Parshat Shemot in the Torah), Moses and Aaron meet with Pharaoh and deliver God s message, Let my people go . Pharaoh not only refuses but… …   Wikipedia

  • straw — See: GIVE A HANG, GRASP AT A STRAW, GRASP AT STRAWS, LAST STRAW or STRAW THAT BREAKS THE CAMEL S BACK, MAKE BRICKS WITHOUT STRAW …   Dictionary of American idioms