spit in(to) the wind

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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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I know I am spitting into the wind and short of revolution the growth of bureaucracy is unstoppable and that it will destroy our way of life.
If that report is accurate, cutting so many of our power stations is surely a pointless spitting into the wind.
If scientists can't address some social stigmas, they may as well be spitting into the wind.
I'm afraid NCR's bent toward democratic process and dialogue in this regard is a little like spitting into the wind.
You can do everything else right -- give your farmers new tools and skills, fight erosion, create food reserves -- and if you don't control the population, you are just spitting into the wind.
For direct customer-to-customer telephone contact and high-touch transactions, offshore outsourcing to places like Southeast Asia has not been so successful, and many companies, were they to lay their apparent cost savings out against softer or more long-term costs (think of that 60 percent of dissatisfied customers who would take their business elsewhere as the result of a bad transaction) would find that trying to squeeze more costs savings out of customer care program is a bit like spitting into the wind.
And is whatever we do to limit the greenhouse effect simply spitting into the wind when China opens two coal-fired power stations a week and India one?