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.
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 him to the airport, but he just wouldn't get on the plane. Well, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.


New idioms dictionary. 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 drink proverb you can give someone an opportunity, but you can t force them to take it. Main Entry: ↑horse …   English terms dictionary

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  • 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

  • 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

  • horse — ► NOUN 1) a large four legged mammal with a flowing mane and tail, used for riding and for pulling heavy loads. 2) an adult male horse, as opposed to a mare or colt. 3) (treated as sing. or pl. ) cavalry. 4) a frame or structure on which… …   English terms dictionary

  • lead — 01. Takako is going to [lead] the discussion today. 02. Chretien is not expected to [lead] the party into the next election. 03. The fairy princess [led] the children through the forest to her castle. 04. I don t know the way, so you d better… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • horse — horse1 [ hɔrs ] noun *** 1. ) count a large animal that people ride. The sound a horse makes is called neighing. The male horse is called a stallion and the female is called a mare. A young horse is called a foal. 2. ) count a piece of equipment… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • drink — 1. verb /dɹɪŋk/ a) To consume (a liquid) through the mouth. He drank the water I gave him. b) To consume liquid through the mouth. You can lead a horse to water but you cant make him drink. Syn …   Wiktionary


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