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squander away

To use up or fail to take advantage of some resource in a wasteful, frivolous, or negligent manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squander" and "away." I'm not about to lend you any more cash—you already squandered the $100 away that I gave you! In my old age, I look back on my life and bemoan squandering away my youth. It makes me sad to think of her squandering her potential away in some dead-end office job.
See also: away, squander

squander (something) on (someone or something)

To waste some resource by using it for the benefit of someone or something. I can't believe I squandered the best years of my life on you! So you're telling me that we squandered half a million dollars on a new infrastructure that is already outdated?
See also: on, squander

squander something away

to waste something; to use up something valuable wastefully. Where is all the money I gave you last month? Did you squander it all away? Frank squandered away all his assets.
See also: away, squander

squander something on someone or something

to waste all of something on someone or something. I am tired of squandering money on this rickety old house. I squandered a fortune on Roger and what did it get me?
See also: on, squander
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For, Mammon is supreme, and as Mammon's prophets, the squanderers also are powerful.
The result brings a whole lot of wastage and public chaos which compels us to become great squanderers.
An artist of Hungarian/Bohemian origins, he deems the dark side as being anathema to the feckless, lovelorn squanderers who landed on Plymouth Rock--corrupt officials steeped in a bogus religiosity, all figure and no ground.
Married women, along with "the feebleminded, squanderers noted by court, libertines [and] debtors whose property is in bankruptcy" were not allowed to own property.
As can easily be imagined, the oil crisis brought with it a different attitude to motorway programmes, seen no longer as a driving force for desirable modernisation but as elephantine projects that encouraged the use of cars, huge squanderers of petroleum.
The mystery of how a team can go from Ashes-grabbing heroes to meek squanderers of Test matches is solved.
For showering hot-water squanderers, we just begin a load of laundry after a set time, causing there to be a shortage--very effective.
Surely the squanderers, if squanderers they be, are the American people who are guzzling all that oil, or perhaps American corporations who are befouling the world's air and water and chopping down its rain forests.
the squanderers were ever brothers of the devils and the devil was ever an ingrate to his Lord.
If Balis can help banish the Baggies' reputation as English football's most wasteful spot-kick squanderers, their 'boring, boring Albion' tag is less easy to get rid of.
Behold, the clergy, the commentators, and even the pope, advise us, here is the pure strain of Consumer Americanus, sex absorbed and money mad, first citizens of a culture of death, squanderers of the world's resources, destroyers of family life and sources of poverty and injustice everywhere else.