if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen definition


Don't take on a job if you are unwilling to face its pressures.

Note: This saying was a favorite of President Harry S. Truman.
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if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If the pressure or stress is too great, leave or give up. For example, It'll take a lot of weekend overtime to finish, so if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. This folksy adage has been ascribed to President Harry S. Truman, who certainly said it and may have originated it. [c. 1950]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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