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Phrase: Flog a dead horse

Meaning: To waste your time trying to convince someone to do something.

You are flogging a dead horse. He's an atheist and will never hear mass.
Don't you see that there is nobody interested? You're flogging a dead horse.
Mum, you are flogging a dead horse. Dad will never dress up as Little Red Riding Hood.
You have already asked her ten times to marry you, and she has always said, 'No, I won't marry you.' Why do you insist on flogging a dead horse?

Subject: Likelihood

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