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To waste or misuse a thing or opportunity - thesaurus

Synonyms

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

informal to waste an advantage or an opportunity you have

overwork

verb

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

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batten on

to use someone or something for your own purposes, often in a way that causes harm or difficulties

blow

verb

informal to destroy your own chance of succeeding, or to waste a good opportunity

dissipate

verb

formal to waste something such as time, money, or supplies by not using it in a sensible way

go down the tubes/tube

to be wasted

hog

verb

informal to take or use a lot of something in a way that prevents other people from having it

lose

verb

if you lose time or an opportunity or chance, you use it up or waste it

misspend

verb

to use money, time, or energy badly

overuse

verb

to use something so much that it is no longer effective

piddle away

informal to waste time, energy, or money

piss away

impolite to waste time, energy, or money

pour something down the drain

to waste something

prostitute

verb

formal to waste a skill or ability on something that is not worth it in order to earn money

shoot your bolt

to waste your only chance to do something

throw money down the drain

to waste money by spending it on something useless

waste not, want not

used for saying that people who do not waste things always have enough

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