plow the sands

(redirected from plow the sand)

plow the sands

To do something that seems futile. I know that I'm just plowing the sands by telling you to stay away from that boy, but I'm your father, and I don't want to see you get hurt. That couch will never fit up the steps—tell them to stop plowing the sands!
See also: plow, sand
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

plough the sand

labour uselessly.
Ploughing the sand has been a proverbial image of fruitless activity since the late 16th century.
See also: plough, sand
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also: