waste of space

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waste of space

Someone or something that is blatantly unhelpful, worthless, or useless. Boy, what a waste of space— he's just standing around while the rest of us all move furniture. The old monitor doesn't work anymore, so at this point it's just a waste of space. Let's trash it.
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waste of space

something that is completely without value. The wrecked furniture in here is just a waste of space. This broken-down car is a waste of space!
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a waste of space

BRITISH, INFORMAL
If you describe someone as a waste of space, you mean that they are completely useless. The woman in charge of administration is a complete waste of space.
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waste of space

a person perceived as useless or incompetent. informal
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a waste of ˈspace

(spoken) a person who is useless or no good at anything: What did you have to ask him along for? He’s a complete waste of space!
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References in classic literature ?
All things were related to all other things from the farthermost star in the wastes of space to the myriads of atoms in the grain of sand under one's foot.
Mr Merdle, left alone to meditate on a better conformation of himself to Society, looked out of nine windows in succession, and appeared to see nine wastes of space. When he had thus entertained himself he went down-stairs, and looked intently at all the carpets on the ground-floor; and then came up-stairs again, and looked intently at all the carpets on the first-floor; as if they were gloomy depths, in unison with his oppressed soul.
Empty shops are wastes of space. Put them to good use and everyone wins.
The do-gooders, usually unemployable themselves, will shout "Nazi", "Fascist" and "Racist" but next year the electorate will vote for Labour or Conservative at their peril, because nothing will change with these two complete wastes of space.
Can't someone remove these "wastes of space" to where they can only harm each other?
A Tribute to Self-Obsessed Wastes of Space has a ring to it.