bay at the moon

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bay at the moon

To make appeals in vain. Good luck talking to the principal, but I think you'll just be baying at the moon—I doubt you'll get a better grade.
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bay at the moon

or

howl at the moon

LITERARY
If you bay at the moon or howl at the moon, you waste your time and energy trying to do something which is impossible or trying to get something which you cannot have. You're looking for the perfect man and he doesn't exist. You're baying at the moon.
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bay at the moon

clamour or make an outcry to no effect.
The barking of dogs at a full moon has been a metaphor for futile activity since the mid 17th century.
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In American lore, coyotes are known for baying at the moon on Western prairies and filling the lyrics of campfire songs by lonely cowboys.
Autumn is also a disappointment it's too dark far too soon, Sometimes they sound like werewolves baying at the moon.
I would suggest that they get out of their cars and walk and maybe then they will realise the state the town and surrounding areas are in, stop baying at the moon, perform their public duty and return Wrexham to its former glory.
I think David is baying at the moon, but I sympathise with him.
The Queen of the Night is intro'd riding atop a tank, and the coloratura section of her first aria is lensed in close-up profile, her mouth and throat contorting like a werewolf baying at the moon.
The incorrect way forward is throwing your hands up to the heavens, sinking to your knees and baying at the moon for some justice when it comes to national transport funding -as tempting as that may seem.
THE Los Angeles City Council voted 10-0 recently to shut down a Tarzana nude bar, but the council is baying at the moon, so to speak.
The comedian who fronted the 3-2-1 programme appears as a werewolf baying at the moon in a new TV commercial for the soft drink Mountain Dew.
I HAVE conducted an informal survey and calculated that the council, in its road safety blitzkrieg, has used enough white paint on road markings to stretch from here to the moon while we the taxpayers are left baying at the moon at the state of our roads.