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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.

rearrange the ˌdeckchairs on the Tiˈtanic

if something is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it is an activity that is not worth doing because it cannot improve the situation: None of the staff believe that the new system will improve anything. It’s simply a case of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.This expression refers to the famous ship that sank after hitting an iceberg on its first voyage.
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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 sell for up to PS80,000 when it is sold at auction.
An elderly woman was rescued by firefighters after getting trapped in a faulty deckchair while sunbathing on one of the hottest days of the year.
The Americans put out a folding table and deckchairs and were about to tuck into their sandwiches and cakes when they heard a loud crack and found themselves cut off from land.
Anderson Sarah said there will be buckets and spades, custom made old-fashioned photoboards with a twist, unique postcards, deckchairs, palm trees, artwork, live music and dancing from 10am.
A better analogy might be this: Frank McCourt is rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.
The Government's drugs policy is not working and is the equivalent of "shifting the deckchairs around on the Titanic", a former adviser said yesterday.