spin your wheels

spin your wheels

mainly AMERICAN
If someone spins their wheels, they fail to achieve anything satisfactory. He's not getting anywhere. He's just spinning his wheels. For almost an hour now he had been spinning his wheels, accomplishing nothing.
See also: spin, wheel

spin your wheels

waste your time or efforts. North American informal
2001 Time As long as our national energy policy is demand-driven…we will continue to spin our wheels.
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spin your ˈwheels

use your time, energy, etc. without achieving anything: I had the feeling that the company was spinning its wheels and getting nowhere. ▶ ˈwheel-spinning noun: Save yourself some wheel-spinning and head to the library.
See also: spin, wheel