(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.


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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.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • 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 — 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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