leopard can't change its spots

Leopard can't change its spots
This idiom means that people cannot change basic aspects of their character, especially negative ones. ("A leopard doesn't change its spots" is also used.)

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • leopard can't change its spots —    This idiom means that people cannot change basic aspects of their character, especially negative ones. ( A leopard doesn t change its spots is also used.)   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • a leopard can't change its spots — used to say that people cannot change their basic personalities, habits, etc. • • • Main Entry: ↑leopard a leopard can t change its spots see ↑leopard • • • Main Entry: ↑spot …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) leopard can't change its spots — a leopard can’t change its spots phrase used for saying that someone will never change their behaviour or character Thesaurus: words used to describe someone s personalityhyponym general words for a person s charactersynonym Main entry: leopard …   Useful english dictionary

  • (a) leopard can't change its spots. — something that you say which means that a person s character, especially if it is bad, will not change, even if they pretend it has. I doubt very much that marriage will change Chris for the better. A leopard doesn t change its spots …   New idioms dictionary

  • a leopard can't change its spots — used for saying that someone will never change their behaviour or character …   English dictionary

  • (a) leopard cannot change its spots — a leopard cannot change its ˈspots idiom (saying) people cannot change their character, especially if they have a bad character • You didn t really expect her to be on time, did you? A leopard can t change its spots. Main entry: ↑leopardidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • a leopard cannot change its spots — Meaning The notion that things cannot change their inate nature. Origin From the Bible. Jeremiah 13:23. Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • leopard — leop|ard [ˈlepəd US ərd] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek, from leon lion + pardos leopard ] 1.) a large animal of the cat family, with yellow fur and black spots, which lives in Africa and… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • leopard — UK [ˈlepə(r)d] / US [ˈlepərd] noun [countable] Word forms leopard : singular leopard plural leopards a large wild animal from Africa and Southern Asia that has golden fur with black spots • a leopard can t change its spots …   English dictionary

  • leopard — noun (C) 1 a large animal of the cat family, with yellow fur and black spots, which lives in Africa and southern Asia 2 a leopard can t change its spots used to say that people cannot change their character …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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