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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I would say that I hope the council buck up their ideas over the next couple of months, when we're certain to get further cold snaps, but sadly that would be just wasting my breath.
I COULD be accused of wasting my breath here, but my message for Saints fans after their side's 16-14 loss to Widnes on Friday night is.
I know that I'm wasting my breath trying to defend officials who continue to prove that they are not perfect, and as good as the TV pundits who get it right all the time after watching several replays in slow motion.
I realised I was wasting my breath after about the 20th time I asked him.
I had thought about making a complaint, but I'd be wasting my breath," he added.
Her dad keeps telling me I'm wasting my breath, and that all teenagers are the same.
All she'll say is: "I'm not wasting my breath, do what you want.
Before Tuesday's hearing in Sheffield I spoke out about the need for common sense and for people at the FA to show some heart - but I was wasting my breath.
As for Tesco, I didn't even bother asking, as I felt I would have been wasting my breath.