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Difference between Carry water in a sieve and Pour water into a sieve

carry water in a sievedo futile work:

  • It doesn’t look like I’ve accomplished a thing. I might as well have been carrying water in a sieve.

pour water into a sieve

1. = carry water in a sieve:

  • It is of no more use to give advice to the idle than to pour water into a sieve.

2. waste money:

  • Charles is head over ears in debt, but he will not get another farthing from me. It is pouring water into a sieve.