Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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 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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Project director Rod Street and his colleagues have been likened to sailors rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic
by critics demanding much more decisive and radical action to save what many regard as a badly holed, if not sinking, ship.
Fianna Fail seems to be rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic
rather than steering us away from the icebergs.
SNP chief Michael Russell said: "Shuffling convenerships around and giving them back to the old discredited guard is akin to rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic