can't make an omelette without breaking (some) eggs

To achieve a certain goal one must sometimes incur damage, experience difficulties, or make sacrifices. - A proverb. * /When we drove across the country, we put a lot of mileage on our car and had a flat tire, but it was a pleasant trip. "Well, you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs," my wife said with a smile./

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  • can't make an omelette without breaking (some) eggs — To achieve a certain goal one must sometimes incur damage, experience difficulties, or make sacrifices. A proverb. * /When we drove across the country, we put a lot of mileage on our car and had a flat tire, but it was a pleasant trip. Well, you… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs — you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs phrase used for saying that it is impossible to achieve something good without causing some problems or some unpleasant effects Thesaurus: progress and developmentsynonym Main entry: omelette * * * …   Useful english dictionary

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