Meaning: if it’s too much for you, leave or quit. Origins.
Rewrite 1: if you can’t stand the heat, douse the flame
Rewrite 2: if the handle’s too hot, let go of the skillet
Rewrite 3: if you don’t like the smell, move to a different garden
Rewrite 4: most cooks who don’t like the taste use a different recipe
Comment: One way to rewrite or recast this metaphor is to stick to the senses. When even that fails to excite you, think of other extremes.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Sarah’s Bookarama: “All of us who joined in this discussion had great fun satirising these cliches, but as with all satire, there is a serious, morally-improving lesson here…”
Note: By providing links to other websites I am only showing you what is out there about clichés – I am not endorsing any content or opinion expressed there.
Check out the searchable alphabetical list of all my cliché rewrites available in the archive list at the right.