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a waste of breath

Talk or discussion that is without worth, done in vain, or likely to be ignored. Don't bother trying to change my mind about this, it's a waste of breath! It looks like my whole pitch to the board of directors ended up being a waste of breath.
See also: breath, of, waste
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Thus they passed the minutes, each well knowing that this was only waste of breath, the one essential being simply to wait.
To argue with her that this is nonsense is a waste of breath - her mind is made up, and arguments do not affect it.
There were no words, for they would have been a waste of breath.
Without vain waste of breath in crying for help where there were none to hear, she ran towards the spot from which the sounds had come.
Kent being the came of my late commander, Captain Giles' whisper, "He's talking of you," seemed to me sheer waste of breath.
Meanwhile not a word passed between Raffles and me; he had followed me, as I had led him, without waste of breath upon a single syllable.
Sheer waste of breath," said the second man after a pause in the council.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight, Nor public men, nor cheering crowds, A lonely impulse of delight Drove to this tumult in the clouds; I balanced all, brought all to mind, The years to come seemed waste of breath, A waste of breath the years behind In balance with this life, this death.
When you lose a player of Steven's undoubted ability, anything you are going to say other than it will be a huge blow would be a waste of breath," said Hodgson.
I decided to give up screaming as it was a waste of breath and I remember a copper stood in front of us with a stoney face.
He added: "It is a waste of breath to refute this rubbish.
But if the FA do nothing, then I'm sorry Respect the Referee, waste of time, waste of breath because they are tolerating it.
Indeed, I shamefully admit to being among the ranks who have attended the great man's "conferences" and decided against certain questions on the basis it would be a waste of breath.
And it's a waste of breath to say that there's a website for everything and we don't need to leave the comfort of our own homes to get anything the heart might desire.
Every line of dialogue is a waste of breath, while the awful musical score is smeared across the soundtrack like a dirty protest.
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