Waste of time

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Definition

a waste of time: a bad use of time, time spent doing useless or unnecessary things
idiom
Sometimes I think that talking to Philip is a waste of my time. There's no point trying to speak to him as he doesn't listen anyway.
We're wasting our time negotiating with you. Let's go; there's no point staying here, it's a useless way to spend the time we have.

to waste: to squander, to make bad use of; to decay, to decline
verb
Sometimes I get the impression that he's wasting his life collecting stamps. It's such a pointless activity.
I already wasted all morning looking for the missing report. I spent all that time looking for it for nothing; I didn't find it!
Don't waste your food; please eat it as I don't want to have to throw it in the garbage.

Examples

  • "So, as you can see, it would be a waste of time for your friend to come down to the offices, because he can't do anything for us."
  • "Thanks for wasting my time, mister!"
  • "Horatio : So you wasted your time writing those lab reports, Brian."
  • "-Seems. Well this seems to be a waste of my time."
  • "This has been a giant waste of time and money, and a good illustration of what is wrong with this country."
  • "MyFace is a website that allows you to waste your time at work, spy on your partner, and forward spam messages to your entourage!"
  • "Kate : Oh, well I'm sorry to have wasted your time, Mr. Moon."
  • "Thanks for wasting my time, you British idiot!"

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