beat a dead horse
- Continue to argue/discuss an issue after recognizing that it cannot be resolved.
American business jargon. 2014.
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beat a dead horse — beat/flog/a dead horse phrase to waste time on something that you know is not going to happen Thesaurus: to waste time, or to pass time doing unimportant thingssynonym Main entry: horse * * * waste energy on a lost cause or unalterable situation… … Useful english dictionary
beat a dead horse — verb To persist or continue far beyond any purpose, interest or reason. After having shown us three hours of instructional and safety videos, the inspector was simply beating a dead horse by telling us to buckle up as we got into the van … Wiktionary
beat a dead horse — continue to ask or try when there is no hope They won t refund your money. You re beating a dead horse … English idioms
beat a dead horse — to waste time doing something that has already been attempted. Do you think it s worth sending my manuscript to other publishers or I am just beating a dead horse? … New idioms dictionary
beat a dead horse — (Slang) continue to deal with an issue after it has been settled; waste time on a task that will never succeed … English contemporary dictionary
dead horse — n. (colloq.) a topic that has been exhausted to beat a dead horse * * * [ ded hɔːs] (colloq.) [ a topic that has been exhausted ] to beat a dead horse … Combinatory dictionary
dead horse — noun Date: 1830 an exhausted or profitless topic or issue usually used in the phrases beat a dead horse and flog a dead horse … New Collegiate Dictionary
dead horse — n. a dead issue, especially one that is referred to continually. (Often with beat, whip.) □ Forget it! Don’t waste time whipping a dead horse. □ The whole business is a dead horse. Forget it … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
beat/flog a dead horse — To say that someone is beating a dead horse means that they are wasting time and effort trying to do or achieve something that is impossible. Mark is beating a dead horse trying to get his money reimbursed. The company has gone… … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
dead horse — 1. something that has ceased to be useful or relevant. 2. beat or flog a dead horse, to persist in pursuing or trying to revive interest in a project or subject that has lost its usefulness or relevance. [1820 30, Amer.] * * * … Universalium