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spit in(to) the wind

To do something totally pointless, fruitless, or futile; to waste one's time doing something that will not or cannot come to pass. To be perfectly honest, I feel like voting is just spitting in the wind, so I don't even bother. My mom and dad spent years spitting in the wind trying to get my brother to take his studies seriously; in the end, he dropped out anyway to pursue a career in music.
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spit (out) the dummy

To have a childish overreaction or angry outburst to a negative situation or outcome; to act in a bad-tempered manner, likened to a temper tantrum of a child. "Dummy" here refers to a plastic teat used to soothe teething infants (also called a "pacifier" in the U.S. or a "soother" elsewhere), which they may spit when in the middle of a tantrum. Primarily heard in Australia. John spat the dummy when I told him I'd sold his old comic book collection. Don't go spitting out the dummy just because Cheryl got the promotion instead of you.
See also: dummy, spit
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The control treatment, called "exchange," consisted of collectors with attached spat that were transferred daily to another previously cleaned tank filled with treated water.
Experiment 3: Spat Recovery of Nodipecten nodosus Fed Different Diets
The number and shell height of spat attached to the collectors were evaluated on day 18 after settlement.
Shell height and number of spat obtained under different light regimes is shown in Table 2.
Mean shell height, number of spat per collector, and settlement rate of spat found in the 2 methods of water renewal are shown in Table 3.
Shell height, and number and rate of settlement of Nodipecten nodosus spat fed with different diets once or twice a day are shown in Table 4.
Experiment 4: Effect of the Addition of A staxanthin on Spat Development of Nodipecten nodosus When Conditioning Broodstock
Hills betting: 7 Gold Spats, Strazo, 8 Maw-ingo, 14 Cadeaux Tryst, Cosmic Prince, Generous Libra, Irish Accord, 16 Crumpton Hill, Fly To The Stars, 20 others.