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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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boiling the ocean: The result of working hard without focus or purpose.
The largest impacts would have released enough energy to swathe the Earth in incandescent rock vapor, boiling the oceans and sending a sterilizing heat pulse into the crust to a depth of at least a kilometer.