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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 NHS i"There's work going on to improve the system but we feel like we are just rearranging the deckchairs on the titanic
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But the goal is the same: to rearrange society's wealth, generally from the "haves" to the "have nots." Rearranging wealth (or income) is not the only possible ideological goal of economic regulation.
In fireworks reactions, that rearranging process releases loads of energy--more than it took to get the reaction started.
The Premier League cancelled their programme for December 14 because of internationals, but then began rearranging games.
Against a black wall fixed with a thick yellow horizontal pole about the height of a ballet barre, all nine Ringsiders climbed, slid, slammed, and interlocked, bluntly but effectively arranging and rearranging themselves like so many red figures on a Greek vase.
Nursing picked up on this and did some rearranging of seating in the dining rooms so that all the residents at a table were served at the same time and could all begin eating together.
Rainer Herges and Christoph Hoock of the Erlangen-Nurnberg University in Germany wanted to find a new way to make a diene--a carbon compound containing two double bonds--by rearranging the bonds in a ringed molecule.
Kansas State University received an award to be used for rearranging the sequence of its accounting curriculum in what new educational research deems a more logical approach to teaching various accounting subjects.
How are we to break out of the downward spiral of asset rearranging? We could start with the tax system.
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In the case of fireworks reactions, that rearranging releases loads of heat energy.