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save (one's) breath

To spare the effort of saying something, doing something, or making an appeal that will be futile. Save your breath, Tom. There's no way they'll agree to the deal. I was going to complain to the phone company about the extra charges, but I decided to save my breath.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Save one's breath

Fig. to refrain from talking, explaining, or arguing. There is no sense in trying to convince her. Save your breath. Tell her to save her breath. He won't listen to her.
See also: breath, save
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

save (one's) breath

To refrain from a futile appeal or effort: Save your breath; you can't dissuade them.
See also: breath, save
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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