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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 So you're telling me that we squandered half a million dollars on a new infrastructure that is already outdated?
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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.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But instead of rushing through a new state-of-the-art facility for our growing criminal fraternity, it squanders barrels of cash trying to patch up a building already earmarked for closure.
OUR investigation into expenditure at the country's biggest prison, Mountjoy, gives a frightening snapshot of Government money being squandered.
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"The Health Service is worse now than when he took control, Welsh kids get less spent on them than their English counterparts, yet he arrogantly squanders money."
And while nearly one in three working adults squanders more than pounds 100 a month, a similar proportion claimed they weren't saving for retirement because they didn't have enough spare cash.
Even if they had law-making powers, personally I would prefer to sack the lot, and be governed from London rather than by our blatantly South Wales-biased Assembly which wickedly squanders millions of pounds on illconceived projects, not least that ``hole in the ground'' in which they now want to squander more.
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Buzzbomb Keith Knox squanders a stunning SIXTY PER CENT of his punches but he WON'T change his ways.