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rearrange (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just rearrange deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?

shift (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been shifting the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just shift deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
See also: deckchairs, on, shift, titanic

move (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been moving the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just move deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
See also: deckchairs, move, on, titanic

be like rearranging (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To be a task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. You're giving the baby a bath before we eat spaghetti? That's like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

be like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic

  (British & Australian humorous)
if an activity is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it it will have no effect
Usage notes: The Titanic was a large ship that sank suddenly in 1912 with most of its passengers.
With unemployment at record levels, plans for better advertising of job vacancies are a bit like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.

go Titanic

in. to fail; to sink. (Refers to the sinking of the passenger ship Titanic.) The whole project went Titanic. We’re out of a job.
See also: titanic
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and Grace get to profess their titanically eternal love, and Harry promises to come back for his daughter.
And, with Barcelona's influence growing, as a titanically tense match wore on, Benitez introduced a series of tactical reshuffles which blunted Barca and carried his flagging team over the finishing line.
CHELSEA, winners on their last two trips to the Mestalla, may have to settle for a draw in what looks like a titanically close contest in Group E.
Yet despite those impressive figures, this still looks to be a titanically close contest, as demonstrated by the layers who can't separate the sides.
SPORTING INDEX are expecting a titanically tight tungsten tussle between Wayne Jones and Vincent van der Voort at Alexandra Palace - but it probably won't be a marathon, writes Steve Davies.