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Idiom
milk the bull
plough the sand
 
 
Meaning
engage in a fruitless exercise; do something that cannot succeed given the circumstances
 
 
Usage
You need to find a more practical way, this method is like milking the bull.
 
 
Usage
Peter tried to get a loan from the bank, but because he was a student it was like ploughing the sand.
 
 
Usage
Arguing with him is really milking the bull, it's a waste of time.
 
 
Story
The expression milk the bull refers to the fact that male cows (bulls) do not produce milk.
 
 
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The expression 缘木求鱼 literally means looking for fish in the trees.
 
 
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