You can't keep a good man/woman down In english explanation

The meaning, explanation, definition and origin of the idiom/phrase "you can't keep a good man/woman down", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

author Tommy Tran calendar 2021-02-04 05:02

Meaning of You can't keep a good man/woman down

You can't keep a good man/woman down spoken language informal

A person who is determined and competent will be able to overcome difficulties or challenges and will be successful eventually.

A: "I think it's time to give up." B: "No. You can't keep a good man down!"

Try to interfere with his work and he'll come back stronger. You know you can't keep a good man down.

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A person whose character is strong and determined, and is not easily influenced by other people

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To do whatever it takes to achieve something, whether ending in success or failure

Origin of You can't keep a good man/woman down

This phrase is often linked to passages in both the Old and New Testaments, including the obvious connection to the Resurrection.

It's also the title of the song Can't Keep A Good Man Down by John Miles & Robert Marshall.


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