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Is there some phrase I can use for lamenting about someone possessing something very valuable yet not understanding or appreciating the value of this item? I feel like I've heard such a phrase before, but I can't think of it for the life of me.

  • What exactly is wrong with this request that it was put on hold? You say to include information about how it will be used, but I don't know if that applies--I just wanted to know if a phrase that describes that situation exists because I felt like I had heard it before. – Kurausukun Oct 23 '17 at 19:34
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"To cast pearls before swine" is a common (and Biblical, Matthew 7:6) aphorism for giving someone a valuable item of which they don't appreciate the significance or cost.

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