beat a dead horse

idiom

Definition of beat a dead horse

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 27 Sep. 2020.

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