you can’t put new wine in old bottles

With allusion to MATTHEW ix. 17 (AV) Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish. The idea is also expressed allusively as a metaphorical phrase.

1912 L. STRACHEY Landmarks in French Literature vi. The new spirits had animated the prose of Chateaubriand and the poetry of Lamartine; but..the form of both these writers retained most of the important characteristics of the old tradition. It was new wine in old bottles.

1948 A. J. TOYNBEE Civilization on Trial vi. The new wines of industrialism and democracy have been poured into old bottles and they have burst the old bottles beyond repair.

1960 I. JEFFERIES Dignity & Purity viii. ‘I don’t think you can put new wine in old bottles.’ I looked doubtful... ‘A lot of this could be rationalized.’

1974 T. SHARPE Porterhouse Blue x. ‘Motives?.. Good old-fashioned lust.’ ‘That hardly explains the explosive nature of his end.’.. ‘You can’t put new wine in old bottles.’


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