save (one's) breath


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save (one's) breath

To not bother saying something, doing something, or making an appeal that will be futile. Save your breath, Tom. There's no way they'll agree to the deal. I was going to complain to the phone company about the extra charges, but I decided to save my breath.
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Save one's breath

Fig. to refrain from talking, explaining, or arguing. There is no sense in trying to convince her. Save your breath. Tell her to save her breath. He won't listen to her.
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save one's breath

Refrain from arguing about a lost cause, as in You can save your breath; I'm not going to change my mind. This term was also put as save your breath to cool your porridge (or broth), that is, by not blowing on the too hot liquid. The idea of not expending one's breath to say something another person doesn't want to hear dates from the early 1700s.
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save your breath

If you tell someone to save their breath, you mean that they should not bother saying something, because you will not agree to it or you do not want to hear it. `If you're going to tell me about the extra week you want to spend in New York, you can save your breath,' she said.
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save your breath

not bother to say something because it is pointless.
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save your ˈbreath

(spoken) do not waste your time speaking to somebody because they will not listen to your comments, advice, suggestions, etc: Save your breath. He never listens to anybody.This phrase comes from a longer saying: ‘save your breath to cool your porridge’.
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save (one's) breath

To refrain from a futile appeal or effort: Save your breath; you can't dissuade them.
See also: breath, save