waste your breath

This page is about the idiom waste your breath


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

a. looking at them

b. listening to them

c. laughing at them

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Contributor: Matt Errey