talk until (one) is blue in the face

talk until (one) is blue in the face

To speak (about something) repeatedly and at length, used especially when one is not being heeded or listened to. You can talk until you are blue in the face, but nothing you say will convince Terry to change his mind. I talked until I was blue in the face, but everything I said just seemed to be going over everyone's heads.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

talk until one is blue in the face

Fig. to talk until one is exhausted. I talked until I was blue in the face, but I couldn't change her mind. She had to talk until she was blue in the face in order to convince him.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

talk until one is blue in the face

in. to talk until one is exhausted. She talked until she was blue in the face but could not change their minds.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

blue in the face, to be/until one is

To have made a great effort. The literal significance of being blue in the face is lack of oxygen, and indeed, this expression sometimes indicates that one has talked until one is breathless. But it also has been extended to other kinds of effort, as in “I tried to open that sardine can until I was blue in the face.” It was current in the mid-nineteenth century, when Anthony Trollope wrote, “You may talk to her till you’re both blue in the face” (The Small House at Allington, 1864).
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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