go to waste

go to waste

[for something] to be wasted; to be unused (and therefore thrown away). Eat your potatoes! Don't let them go to waste. We shouldn't let all those nice herbs go to waste. Let's pick some before the first hard frost.
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go to waste

to not be used It's wrong to let good food go to waste. The companies have spent millions of dollars on new equipment that lets nothing go to waste.
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go to waste

Fail to be used or taken advantage of. For example, I hate to see such talent go to waste, or We bought so much food that some will be going to waste. [c. 1500]
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References in classic literature ?
He and his Scotch wife and his Scotch children, the only respectable inhabitants of Queen's Crawley, were forced to migrate, with their goods and their chattels, and left the stately comfortable gardens to go to waste, and the flower-beds to run to seed.
If by living thus reserved and austere, like a hermit in the woods, so long, it has acquired such wonderful purity, who would not regret that the comparatively impure waters of Flint's Pond should be mingled with it, or itself should ever go to waste its sweetness in the ocean wave?
Maybe these ideas for juice will get the wheels turning and you, too, will can some delicious juice from fruit that may go to waste.
There's nothing worse than seeing all that hard work go to waste.
But if you've already put too much on the plate, it'll go to waste if you don't finish it.
Just because I think it is a good idea, I do not think stuff should go to waste.
Matt Simister, group food sourcing director at Tesco, said British customers "always pick the cream of the crop" when they shop leaving "old, ugly and misshapen" produce to go to waste.
It is the practice of collecting edible food that would otherwise go to waste and distributing it to those in need.
McNish said: "Ollie has too much talent to go to waste.
Supporters say meat should not to go to waste, but opponents question the safety of eating animal flesh scraped off asphalt.
Where this happens we would rather give this food to charities for free than see it go to waste, so we are advocating linking up with a local charity to rdonate this surplus food to them.
Not wanting to let the break go to waste, Ty Hafan was called.
And while we wave the judgment delivered by The Hague, the worried Europeans have another hardship - what is to happen with Greece after 17 June and how great is the danger for the avalanche to spread into the Iberian Peninsula and everything to go to waste.
We cannot afford to allow a generation to go to waste.
Nigel Baker and Eleanor Hoad came up with the idea Urban Harvest, a community juice and preserves business, after years of watching surplus fruit go to waste in gardens across the city.