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waste (one's) breath

To talk of, discuss, or say things that are likely to be ignored or are in vain. Don't bother trying to change my mind about this, you're wasting your breath! It looks like I wasted my breath trying to pitch my idea to the board of directors.
See also: breath, waste

waste no time (in) (doing something)

To act or do something immediately or as expediently as possible. Wow, Sarah wasted no time finding a new boyfriend after she and Rob split up. We have to have the application in by tomorrow morning, so we must waste no time in getting everyone's signature that we need.
See also: time, waste

waste on (someone or something)

To expend something on a person or thing that will not appreciate or properly utilize it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "waste" and "on." Her talent in art is wasted on me—I have no eye for design.
See also: on, waste

wasted

1. mod. dead; killed. That’s silly. We all end up wasted one way or another.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. I’ve never seen a bartender get wasted before.
3. mod. exhausted. I worked two shifts, and I’m totally wasted.
References in classic literature ?
It seemed a great pity to have it wasted so, and come lagging along at a time when a body wouldn't have any use for it, as like as not.
But this waiting interval was not wasted in idleness by the assembled students.
Jim said he would "jis' 's soon have tobacker in his coffee;" and found so much fault with it, and with the work and bother of raising the mullen, and jews-harping the rats, and petting and flattering up the snakes and spiders and things, on top of all the other work he had to do on pens, and in- scriptions, and journals, and things, which made it more trouble and worry and responsibility to be a prisoner than anything he ever undertook, that Tom most lost all patience with him; and said he was just loadened down with more gaudier chances than a prisoner ever had in the world to make a name for himself, and yet he didn't know enough to appreciate them, and they was just about wasted on him.
I thought I wouldn't say anything, but if variety is what you are after, you have wasted a piece of glass.
Knocking was a refinement quite unknown in Riverboro, and if it had been heard of would never have been wasted on a child.
wasted, my child--should not be wasted, struck aside from the natural order of things--for my sake.