go to waste

go to waste

To be unused or squandered. Take some of this food home with you so that it doesn't go to waste. All of our hard work will go to waste if the board rejects our proposal.
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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

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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go/run to ˈwaste

not be used and therefore wasted: What a pity to see all that food go to waste!
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References in classic literature ?
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?
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.
On Saturday, an Asda spokesman said: "After making sure our customers got great value on their Christmas dinner we didn't want to see the final bags of veg in our Barry store go to waste and so took the decision to give them away.
A spokesperson forAsdasaid:"After making sure our customers got great value on theirChristmas dinner, we didn't want to see the final bags of veg in our Aintree store go to waste and so took the decision to give them away.
It is perfect to freeze dry food that would otherwise go to waste so that it can be used as a meal in a few weeks or to be eaten in 25 years.
Tesco Ireland chief Andrew Yaxley said: "It's simply not right that perfectly good surplus food should go to waste when there are people in our communities who need it.
The chief minister expressed sympathies and condolences with the bereaved families of martyred police officials and said that great sacrifices of martyrs would not go to waste.
The work is part of Tesco's target to ensure no food safe for human consumption will go to waste by the end of 2017.
I'm really happy because all my effort and sacrifices in the past four days didn't go to waste,' said Charoenkul.
He said sacrifices of those who laid down their lives during performance of duty would never go to waste.
The Commission on Elections said that the ballots which they printed from August 21 to August 26 will not go to waste in case the 2016 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be postponed.
A FORESTRY student at Bangor University is ensuring locally grown apples do not go to waste.
Store manager Peter Shaw said: "No food that should be eaten should 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.