you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink


you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
This idiom means you can offer something to someone, like good advice, but you cannot make them take it.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. — You can lead a horse to water (but you can t make him/it drink). something that you say which means you can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to. I made all the arrangements,… …   New idioms dictionary

  • You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. — You can lead a horse to water (but you can t make him/it drink). something that you say which means you can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to. I made all the arrangements,… …   New idioms dictionary

  • you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink — ► you can lead a horse to water but you can t make him drink proverb you can give someone an opportunity, but you can t force them to take it. Main Entry: ↑horse …   English terms dictionary

  • you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink — you can lead (or take) a horse to water but you can t make him drink proverb you can give someone an opportunity, but you can t force them to take it …   Useful english dictionary

  • you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink — you can ˌlead/ˌtake a horse to ˌwater, but you ˌcan t make it ˈdrink idiom (saying) you can give sb the opportunity to do sth, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to Main entry: ↑horseidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink — you can provide what they need but you cannot force them to use it    We provide information, but I wonder if they read it. You can lead a horse to water …   English idioms

  • You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink —   This idiom means you can offer something to someone, like good advice, but you cannot make them take it …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • you can take a horse to water, but you can't make it drink — you can ˌlead/ˌtake a horse to ˌwater, but you ˌcan t make it ˈdrink idiom (saying) you can give sb the opportunity to do sth, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to Main entry: ↑horseidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • You can lead a horse to water. — (but you can t make him/it drink). something that you say which means you can give someone the opportunity to do something, but you cannot force them to do it if they do not want to. I made all the arrangements, bought the ticket, and even took… …   New idioms dictionary

  • you can take a horse to the water, but you can’t make him drink — The word the is frequently omitted from the proverb and lead substituted for take. c 1175 Old English Homilies (EETS) 1st ser. 9 Hwa is thet mei thet hors wettrien the him self nule drinken [who can give water to the horse that will not drink of… …   Proverbs new dictionary