waste (one's) breath

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waste (one's) breath

To talk of, discuss, or say things that are likely to be ignored or are in vain. Don't bother trying to change my mind about this, you're wasting your breath! It looks like I wasted my breath trying to pitch my idea to the board of directors.
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waste one's breath

Fig. to waste one's time talking; to talk in vain. Don't waste your breath talking to her. She won't listen. You can't persuade me. You're just wasting your breath.
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waste your breath

talk or give advice without effect.
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waste your ˈbreath (on somebody/something)

speak to somebody or about somebody/something but not have any effect: Don’t waste your breath on her. She doesn’t take advice from anybody.I feel like I’m just wasting my breath trying to explain things to him.
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waste (one's) breath

To gain or accomplish nothing by speaking.
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Umslopogaas listened, but he made no answer to the words of Faku the captain, though he liked them well, for he would not waste his breath in talking, and the light grew low.
And the same voice remarked that the same gentleman 'needn't waste his breath in brag, for most people knew pretty well what sort of stuff he was made of.
I can play triangle," joshes Peter, but he quickly learns not to waste his breath on jokes because he'll need it for the job at hand.
Indeed, Rhodri Morgan told the Western Mail in December 2003 that he would not waste his breath making representations to Mr Brown for that very reason.
They have been written off that many times this season that the only surprise about Wolves boss Dave Jones being indignant about it all is that he bothers to waste his breath, writes Ged Scott.
But I do agree that David Cameron has no need to waste his breath or offer sweeteners as temptation for this vote which some of us see as an ego trip for Salmond and Sturgeon.
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