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won't do / unable to / (at the end of a rhetorical question) can that be?
Is it possible that ... ?
unripe / immature
lit. to hate iron for not becoming steel / to feel resentful towards sb for failing to meet expectations and impatient to see improvement (idiom)
without rules, nothing can be done (idiom); one must follow some rules
unwritten (rule)
curious coincidence
shapeless / deformed / ruined / beyond recognition / (of a person) reduced to a shadow
utterly defeated
can't reach the high or accept the low (idiom); not good enough for a high post, but too proud to take a low one
lit. to try to steal a chicken only to end up losing the rice used to lure it (idiom) / fig. to try to gain an advantage only to end up worse off / to go for wool and come back shorn
a lone tree does not make a forest (idiom) / one cannot accomplish much on one's own
to succeed or die trying (idiom)
worthless / good-for-nothing
not according with decorum (idiom); scandalous / bad form / unacceptable behavior
don't fight, won't make friends (idiom); an exchange of blows may lead to friendship
spare the rod and spoil the child (idiom)
spare the rod and spoil the child (idiom)
one strand does not make a thread, one tree does not make a forest (idiom)
to be unable to sleep at night
unwritten law
The army is completely routed. (idiom)
lit. you cannot get fat with only one mouthful (proverb) / fig. learn to walk before you run

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