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rearrange (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just rearrange deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?

shift (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been shifting the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just shift deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
See also: deckchairs, on, shift, titanic

move (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been moving the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just move deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
See also: deckchairs, move, on, titanic

be like rearranging (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To be a task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. You're giving the baby a bath before we eat spaghetti? That's like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

be like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic

  (British & Australian humorous)
if an activity is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it it will have no effect
Usage notes: The Titanic was a large ship that sank suddenly in 1912 with most of its passengers.
With unemployment at record levels, plans for better advertising of job vacancies are a bit like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.
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But a short five minutes later and we were picking our spot on the beach and grabbing two of the traditional deckchairs and children's seats.
The beach features a giant child-friendly sandy beach, a shallow water play area, a variety of rides and games including a Zorb and Helter Skelter, a Ferris wheel, free live entertainment, and even traditional deckchairs.
A DECKCHAIR found bobbing in the Atlantic after the Titanic sank was sold for nearly PS100,000 at an auction yesterday.
AN extremely rare deckchair recovered from the wreck of the Titanic is expected to sell for up to PS80,000 when it is sold at auction.
Culture buffs will love an Arts and Crafts "Lotus" deckchair, pounds 69, from the V&A Shop, Call 020 7942 2696/ www.
He spent the midafternoon inside the air-conditioned complex before finally venturing out, bagging a deckchair on the upper level and preparing to enjoy the view of St Martin's Church - featured in the Mail's Days Out column only the day before.
Cricket fans dusted off their straw hats, sunshades and deckchairs to make the most of the hot spell as Lancashire hosted Sussex at Aigburth.
Double deckchairs are going on hire in Eastbourne in a bid to banish the coastal town's image as a retirement resort.
There's been a huge fuss and massive coverage because Lynn Cole, chairman of Blackpool Tourism Forum, wants deckchairs dropped from the prom.
But the local council objected, saying he was breaking the terms of his lease to hire out deckchairs at Frinton, Essex, and threatened to close him down.
Deckchairs have been part and parcel of the seaside image, captured brilliantly in those famous saucy Bamforth postcards, for 100 years.
Veteran Dean Windass scored twice, but the Quakers spent most of the game chasing deckchairs.
Holiday hotspots such as Scarborough and Tyneside were packed with mums and dads in deckchairs and children building sandcastles.
Women clutch just-in-case cardigans on their laps as they lie back on the deckchairs and think of England and look around to check that predatory ants are not on the march.
I am writing in disgust at the fact that still there are no deckchairs for hire at Victoria Park.