You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Definition

This idiom is used to suggest that it is difficult to teach someone who is set in their ways or not open to new ideas.

Examples

My dad is so set in his ways, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

The company’s old-fashioned methods just won’t change, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Origin

The origin of this saying is unknown, but it is believed to date back to the 16th century.

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