save your breath

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 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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References in classic literature ?
You'd better save your breath," Doctor Sarson advised him grimly.
If you would speak to the Earl on such a subject, you insolent young puppy, you may save your breath," thundered an angry voice, and Simon de Montfort strode, scowling, into the room.
I don't hear a word, and you may as well save your breath to answer my question.
I know exactly what you want to say, so save your breath to cool your porridge.
It is better to save your breath for where it's needed and right now it's in the third ODI.
And then you ran, Oggy Oggy Oggying at the first underpass, though you knew you should save your breath.
If the entertainment value is what would attract you to this title, save your breath and time, because the film offers next to no amusement and is just another hollywood flick that will be lost in the fray.
If you haven't already stopped investing your limited supply of office time in fruitless attempts to convince vaccine-hesitant parents to immunize their children, a small study at the University of North Carolina Women's Hospital in Chapel Hill might finally convince you it's time to save your breath for other more achievable goals.
If you haven't already stopped investing your limited supply of office time in fruitless attempts to convince vaccine-hesitant parents to immunize their children, a small study at North Carolina Women's Hospital in Chapel Hill might finally convince you it's time to save your breath for other more achievable goals.
I told him, 'you don't have to say thank you every time I bring a glass of water - please save your breath.
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We were so glad that we made the effort to climb up all the steps to the Basilica Sacre Coeur - the funicular railway can save your breath - on our last night because the reward was spectacular.
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Save your breath, I won't be reading a word of it, because I simply don't believe you.
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