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To waste or misuse a thing or opportunity

wear out

to use something a lot so that it no longer works, or can no longer be used

throw away

to waste something such as an opportunity or an advantage, for example by doing something silly

waste

verb

to use more of something than is necessary, or to use it in a way that does not produce the best results

waste

verb

to fail to make effective use of something that is valuable and could help you

abuse

verb

to use something in a bad, dishonest, or harmful way

misuse

verb

to use something in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose

squander

verb

if you squander something such as money, time, or an opportunity, you do not use it in a sensible way

fritter away

to waste time or money on things that are not necessary or important

chuck away

to waste an advantage or an opportunity you have

overwork

verb

to use or do something so much that it is no longer effective

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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