I've wasted my breath.

Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2014 04:12 am
Hi guys?

I'm a S. Korean eager to learn new English expressions.

The one I came across today is 'waste one's breath'.

Say, I went shopping today and it was of no use at all
as there was not the item I had intended to buy.

Here, would it sound okay if I said,
"Oh, I went shopping today and there was not the item I was looking for.
I just wasted my breath."?

How does it sound?

Is the expression 'waste one's breath' only applied to the cases
where you have an argument and it's meaningless to keep talking?

I'd appreciate your comment, guys.

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Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2014 06:17 am
waste (one's) breath
To gain or accomplish nothing by speaking.
source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/waste+(one's)+breath
Reply Thu 24 Apr, 2014 06:20 am
It always refers to something you've said but not necessarily in an argument. It could be a complaint or advice that has been ignored. For example, 'It was a waste of breath warning him not to buy those shares'.
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Reply Fri 2 May, 2014 11:38 am
Thanks for the comment. Now I can clearly understand the expression above just has something to do with the act of saying.
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