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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References in classic literature ?
Being firmly persuaded that the Sergeant was wasting his breath to no purpose on Mrs.
KENNY MILLER insists Alan Stubbs is wasting his breath as no one at Rangers is listening to him.
When it comes to Iran, Netanyahu will likely be wasting his breath.
Given this deep rooted sporting antagonism between our nations, one would think English culture secretary Jeremy Hunt would be wasting his breath in trying to brow-beat the Celts into allowing their players to turn out for a GB team at next year's Olympics.
Moyes is wasting his breath anyway - managers might fancy the idea but club chairmen will never vote for it.
Antoine Sibierski was a second City player to howl for a penalty when he clashed with Ryan Nelsen in the second half, the Kiwi colliding with him from behind, but he was wasting his breath.
So, the young hospital resident trying to embarrass Lily Seitsive was wasting his breath.
But Youngs warned Cowan he will be wasting his breath if he is after a war of words.
Fact is, Ian McCall's lot have somehow lost their direction and unless they get back on track soon, even Mr Micawber would be wasting his breath trying to convince their punters everything will turn out all right.
Many observers felt the Scot was wasting his breath and that his public statement owed more to public relations than realism.
But he reckons he'd be wasting his breath because it's an impossible task to pin down the Samba superstar.
That man's just wasting his breath,'' said Sylvia Hopkins, a woman who stood in the late-afternoon chill and watched the entire meeting.
That was the clear message from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers last night as he insisted there was no point wasting his breath on the Italian any longer.