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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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The average person in the region spends pounds 177 a year on new holiday clothes but almost a quarter of that goes to waste.
Researchers at Japan's Osaka University found the husk (outer shell) of the cocoa bean--which usually goes to waste in making chocolate--kills teeth-rotting bacteria (single-celled organisms).
He joins in the feeding, saying "You know guys--none of this animal goes to waste," as if that were justification for his participation.
In ordinary photovoltaic cells, lots of sunlight goes to waste as it heats up the cell.
At most other suppliers, the vast amount of data amassed on a daily basis simply goes to waste.