spit in(to) the wind

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spit in(to) the wind

To do something totally pointless, fruitless, or futile; to waste one's time doing something that will not or cannot come to pass. To be perfectly honest, I feel like voting is just spitting in the wind, so I don't even bother. My mom and dad spent years spitting in the wind trying to get my brother to take his studies seriously; in the end, he dropped out anyway to pursue a career in music.
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spitting in (or into) the wind

a futile or pointless activity.
1996 Daily Telegraph Both the Church report and the atheist professor are spitting in the wind, of course, because the incoming tide of superstition has a long way to rise yet.
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What escapes these well-meaning Extinction Rebellion kiddies is that unless the big boys come on board, such as the USA with a 350 million population, and India and China, both of which have over a one billion population, whatever this small island does, with a mere 66 million people, in regard to recycling, is merely spitting into the wind.
However, it's like spitting into the wind. In the long term, the evolution of populations moves from homogeneity to diversity.
I know I am spitting into the wind and short of revolution the growth of bureaucracy is unstoppable and that it will destroy our way of life.
If that report is accurate, cutting so many of our power stations is surely a pointless spitting into the wind.
If scientists can't address some social stigmas, they may as well be spitting into the wind.
I'm afraid NCR's bent toward democratic process and dialogue in this regard is a little like spitting into the wind.
You can do everything else right -- give your farmers new tools and skills, fight erosion, create food reserves -- and if you don't control the population, you are just spitting into the wind.
Pro-lifers who actively worked to change the laws were, she believed, "spitting into the wind," she told NRL News.
For direct customer-to-customer telephone contact and high-touch transactions, offshore outsourcing to places like Southeast Asia has not been so successful, and many companies, were they to lay their apparent cost savings out against softer or more long-term costs (think of that 60 percent of dissatisfied customers who would take their business elsewhere as the result of a bad transaction) would find that trying to squeeze more costs savings out of customer care program is a bit like spitting into the wind.
"Citing them is like spitting into the wind. We are issuing citations to burglars.
Spitting into the wind has never been an effective persuasive tactic.
The smartest decision we ever made was not to ask any professional installers if we were spitting into the wind, since everyone we've talked to since then has told us that it would take two inverters to run such a big well pump, in addition to everything else (which would be true, I suppose, if we tried to run everything all at once.)
But, as Holsten says, "Non-invasive techniques like thinning stands are good to do in the beginning, but once you get an outbreak going, it's like spitting into the wind" Only cooler weather can stop the mountain pine beetle epidemic, says the CLMA/NFPA.
In the end, however, I know that making these arguments are like "spitting into the wind." For the last 2 weeks I have been struggling to write legibly.
And is whatever we do to limit the greenhouse effect simply spitting into the wind when China opens two coal-fired power stations a week and India one?