beat a dead horse

idiom

chiefly US, informal
1
: to keep talking about a subject that has already been discussed or decided
I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but I still don't understand what happened.
2
: to waste time and effort trying to do something that is impossible
Is it just beating a dead horse to ask for another recount of the votes?

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“Beat a dead horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beat%20a%20dead%20horse. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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