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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



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



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



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



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



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



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

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

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