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waste your breath

Meaning: You're wasting your breath if you're speaking but what you're saying is being ignored or having no effect.

For example:

  • You're just wasting your breath. He won't listen to anyone.

  • You might feel that you're wasting your breath, but if just one kid avoids a drug problem because of what you say, it'll be worth it.

Quick Quiz:

Someone is wasting their breath if nobody is
  1. looking at them
  2. listening to them
  3. laughing at them

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