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22nd October 2020

A waste of time

We use this expression to say that something is not worth doing.
Usage
Written: 
Yes
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
The service here is terrible. I'm going to complain to the manager.
It's a waste of time. That won't change anything.
Example 2
I think we should have a green policy and recycle the paper etc
It's a waste of time telling me. Talk to the office manager.

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