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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?

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 someone's face

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

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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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be free admission for the rearranged meeting for racegoers.
Edinburgh Rugby chief executive Nick Oswald, said: "We are happy for these two fixtures to be rearranged to accommodate Pontypridd's successful run in the Parker Pen Shield and wish them the best of luck against London Irish.
In the rearranged forms of linoleic acid that Pariza's group is studying -- known collectively as CLA -- one single carbon bond now separates the pairs of double-bonded carbons.
Complete with E-mail and Internet Home Page (Web Site) addresses, the unique directory can be instantly rearranged alphabetically, chronologically, or by zip code or area code.
CITY rivals Barkers Butts and Broadstreet try again at Pickford Grange Lane tomorrow in a Midlands One game rearranged from three weeks ago.
LLANHARAN have named Kiwi sevens specialist Aaron Takarangi for tonight's rearranged Division One game against Rumney at Riverside Park.
Before the Bangor City game, Bala have also rearranged their home clash with Newtown - which has been twice postponed due to waterlogged pitches - for Monday, January 5.
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.
Thistle's supporters' charter reads: "If a match is abandoned after spectators are admitted to the ground but before kick-off or halftime, ticket holders are entitled to free admission to the rearranged match.
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.