waste of time

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Noun1.waste of time - the devotion of time to a useless activity; "the waste of time could prove fatal"
waste, wastefulness, dissipation - useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
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Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of enterprise; for the result is waste of time and general stagnation.
There are very few things that I think it a waste of time to have read; I should probably have wasted the time if I had not read them, and at the period I speak of I do not think I wasted much time.
After all, if you read Greek, you need never read anything else, pure waste of time--pure waste of time," thus speaking half to himself, with quick movements of his hands; they had come round again to the circle of books on the floor, and their progress was stopped.
Then again, consider the waste of time and energy required to sell these things in a dozen stores, where one would do.
But 'though I can paint it for you in three seconds it would take an hour to dry, and that's a waste of time.
To me, the trolley boxes (pictured) are a complete waste of time, and the old method is certainly easier and more convenient.
He said: "Normally it's a waste of time for us, I think we should, but normally it's a waste of time.
He said: "Normally it's a waste of time for us, I think we should but normally it's a waste of time.
A little over 50 per cent of the respondents were against abolishing homework, saying it has its own benefits, while the rest regarded it as a waste of time.
BEIRUT: Deputy Hezbollah leader Sheikh Naim Qassem said Tuesday that policies not directed toward resisting Israel are a waste of time and help the Jewish state.
It is not a waste of time, depending on the quality you are looking for.
It's a massive waste of time, not to mention an obscene waste of cash.