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boil the ocean

To engage in futile tasks. Oh, Ted's still boiling the ocean trying to find and reassemble that document from the shredded bin.
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boil the ocean

tv. to waste one’s time attempting to do the impossible. (see also plowing water.) You’re wasting my time. You might as well be boiling the ocean.
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"It would be large enough if it boiled the oceans and melted the continents," he added.
Rocks left over from Earth's adolescence suggest that giant impacts boiled the oceans billions of years ago, lowering the global sea level by tens of meters.