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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.
See also: breath, save

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.
See also: breath, save

save (one's) breath

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