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be like rearranging (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To be a task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. You're giving the baby a bath before we eat spaghetti? That's like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

rearrange (one's) face

1. To change one's facial expression, especially to hide a negative feeling or reaction. Hearing the news filled me with shock and despair, so I took a moment to rearrange my face before returning to the table.
2. To badly damage or mutilate one's face by violently attacking it. He threatened to rearrange my face if I didn't give him everything in my pockets. He's a towering bulk of man who could rearrange your face with a single punch.
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rearrange (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just rearrange deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
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rearrange someone's face

injure or mutilate someone's face by hitting it. informal
See also: face, rearrange
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rearrange the ˌdeckchairs on the Tiˈtanic

if something is like rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic, it is an activity that is not worth doing because it cannot improve the situation: None of the staff believe that the new system will improve anything. It’s simply a case of rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic.This expression refers to the famous ship that sank after hitting an iceberg on its first voyage.
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"We don't know when the rearranged games will be, so it's a bit awkward at the minute.
Caroline hopes the cricket festival for Liam can be rearranged for a date next year once the club's cricket calendar is released.
A Cardiff City statement read: "As part of ongoing discussions with the EFL regarding the postponement of Sunday's fixture at Derby County FC, we can confirm that a rearranged date for the game has been agreed to our satisfaction.
"Tickets purchased for the Falkirk match will be valid for the rearranged date."
One of the rearranged matches featured Woodfield Park B and Marsh Con C in Division Two.
Commenting on recent deliberations between Foreign minister Gebran Bassil and Head of the Future Bloc MP Sd Hariri, Aoun categorized those meetings within the framework of the Trend's openness towards all Lebanese protagonists with the aim of discussing current deadlines while stressing need for a rearranged current situation in Lebanon.
The Syrian army rearranged its formations in Aleppo countryside on Saturday in preparation for a fresh wave of attacks on militant ruled areas two weeks after it conquered vital positions and repelled militants' continued, but decreasing attacks.
A new date for the rearranged gig has not yet been announced.
And Pink, 33, added: "She's just totally rearranged my view on life.
Barney were stunned 9-3 in the scratch section but recovered in the rearranged game's handicap department, convincingly winning it 10-2.
Greenbacks have rearranged their postponed away game against Barton Rovers for Tuesday, February 21.
GETTING a fixture rearranged at short notice is not simple.
7 -- University of Peshawar has informed the students who missed their MA/M.Sc, B.Ed, M.Ed, MBA papers on July 29 and July 30 due to blockage/cutting of land routes because of heavy floods that their papers would be rearranged.
PESHAWAR, August 06, 2010 (Balochistan Times): University of Peshawar has communicated to the Students who missed their MA/ M.Sc, B.Ed, M.Ed, MBA papers on July 29 and July 30 due to blockage/ cutting of land routes because of heavy floods that their papers would be rearranged. This was communicated to all the concerned students through wide publicity in electronic media and daily newspapers of July 31, 2010.
CELTIC Rugby have confirmed the Ospreys' rearranged disciplinary hearing over the postponement of their Magners League clash with Ulster will take place on May 12.