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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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To date, the most commonly used assay for determining the clonal relationship between 2 lymphomas has been PCR-based clonality analysis using capillary electrophoresis for rearrangement visualization.
These patterns included atypical BCR/ABL gene rearrangements with co-existence of der (22q) and der(9q) and deletion in 13 (6.4%) patients and this gene rearrangement associated with deletion of 9q of chromosome 9 in 3 (1.5%) patients as shown in Figure-2.
Many studies have revealed rearrangement frequencies with wide variations for different populations around the world.
The FISH analysis showed a rearrangement of the EWSR1 gene locus in 48.8% of the cases (20/41) (Figure 1(c)).
Clinicians do not necessarily examine SCC tumors for ALK rearrangement owing to the rarity of such cases [1].
RNA sequencing on NextSeq500 (Illumina, Inc., CA, USA) was then used to screen for fusion partners, revealing a KMT2A-MLLT10 rearrangement. The RNA analysis was conducted as follows: RNA was purified from the patient's bone marrow at diagnosis using ISOGEN (Nippon Gene Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Detection of immunoglobulin kappa light-chain gene rearrangement patterns by Southern blot analysis.
Carbocations often quickly rearrange before proceeding with a reaction and some rearrangements are slower than others.
General Procedure for the Rearrangement of 5-methyl-3-nitrosoindolizine Derivatives
The mother of the male patient had the same balanced chromosome rearrangement, while his sister had an unbalanced form of this translocation with only derivative 5 and derivative 12 present, and not derivative 8, resulting in mental retardation.
Amplification of Ig genes rearrangements have been proposed as a appropriate method to lymphoma diagnosis (9).
Online Supplemental Table 2 illustrates the additional data-filtering steps for the detection of DNA fragments harboring structural rearrangement breakpoints.
Their bioengineered follicles showed restored hair cycles and piloerection through the rearrangement of follicular stem cells and their niches.
Early proposed solutions to this problem included limiting review and rearrangement procedure (Chen, 2009; Papanastasiou, 2002).
The purpose of this article is to exhibit an alphabetic rearrangement (not unique) that minimizes the number of three-letter Official Scrabble Players Dictionary heterograms.