milk the ram

milk the ram

old-fashioned To engage in an activity or enterprise that has no chance of succeeding; to do something pointless or futile. (A ram is a male sheep and cannot be milked.) I don't know why you bother arguing with him. You're just milking the ram if you think you're going to change his mind. Everyone told us we were milking the ram when we set up our online store during the infancy of the Internet, but now we're one of the most successful companies in the world.
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