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go to waste

To be unused or squandered. Take some of this food home with you so that it doesn't go to waste. All of our hard work will go to waste if the board rejects our proposal.
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go to waste

[for something] to be wasted; to be unused (and therefore thrown away). Eat your potatoes! Don't let them go to waste. We shouldn't let all those nice herbs go to waste. Let's pick some before the first hard frost.
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go to waste

Fail to be used or taken advantage of. For example, I hate to see such talent go to waste, or We bought so much food that some will be going to waste. [c. 1500]
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go/run to ˈwaste

not be used and therefore wasted: What a pity to see all that food go to waste!
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Produce from the garden isn't all a freeze dryer can save from going to waste.
Many of the unused gadgets going to waste are unwanted gifts, spare computers that are never switched on, or outdated versions of games consoles.
Good food going to waste costs the average family almost pounds 500 per year and disposal is an environmental headache.
Christine Misiak, who recently graduated in Three Dimensional Design, BA (Hons) felt that too many unwanted tea sets across the region were going to waste, gathering dust in charity shops, flea markets and car boot sales.
Talent that the Army and our country desperately needs is going to waste.
Shadow Children's Secretary Michael Gove said: "Talent is going to waste.
But I'm not paid to be funny, so I'm not going to waste any effort trying to make it.
It makes me cry to think of such an incredible offer going to waste.
Tell people that their money is definitely not going to waste," Bradley says candidly.