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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 (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.
See also: face, rearrange

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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In Division Three, Deighton Leisure Centre F were involved in a couple of rearranged matches.
The cost of hosting the rearranged game is such that it will almost certainly mean this match is run at a loss for the club.
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But the Welsh side then requested that the rearranged match be put back as they did not have the front-row resources to fulfil the fixture.
The return match at Croft Park is a week later with Farsley Celtic's trip to Blyth rearranged for Tuesday, March 16.
The game was originally due to be played last Sunday but was rearranged at Oxford's request because of a lack of specialist front row forwards.
Since the beads were rearranged and packing had been enhanced by the action of the steam, the accumulated space created a void at the steam inlet location (the vent).
This edition features new problems throughout, and they have been rearranged in each section from the simplest to the most difficult.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have taken ordinary rigid plastics, rearranged their crystalline structures into predictable shapes, and created lightweight materials they believe will be suitable for hydrogen fuel storage.
According to locations manager Jonathan Shedd, "We rearranged the city's construction schedule before they started making sidewalks bigger and planting trees.
While the deck chairs are being rearranged, they keep sliding because the ship is foundering.
But you're no hydra,/no mermaid, your liquid spine hooked side to/side to ribs rearranged since that impact/of steel on steel that spun you out, that dropped/you here where you have healed.
Dog is to poodle as book is to: a) Theatre, b) Words, c) Biography, d) Paper(The rearranged word is glasses); 10c.
This volume of poetry says to the careful reader and the strong listener that African American blues aesthetics can be rearranged, distorted, mutated and still be the blues.