V. WORDS RELATING TO THE VOLUNTARY POWERS; INDIVIDUAL VOLITION

II. Prospective Volition

2. Subservience to ends; actual subservience

Waste.

[Nouns] consumption, expenditure, exhaustion; dispersion [more]; ebb; leakage (exudation) [more]; loss [more]; wear and tear; waste; prodigality [more]; misuse [more]; wasting; rubbish (useless) [more].

mountain in labor.

[Verbs] spend, expend, use, consume, swallow up, exhaust; impoverish; spill, drain, empty; disperse [more].

cast away, fool away, muddle away, throw away, fling away, fritter away; burn the candle at both ends, waste; squander [more].

"waste its sweetness on the desert air " [Gray]; cast one's bread upon the waters, cast pearls before swine; employ a steam engine to crack a nut, waste powder and shot, break a butterfly on a weel; labor in vain (useless) [more]; cut blocks with a razor, pour water into a sieve.

leak (run out) [more]; run to waste; ebb; melt away, run dry, dry up.

[Adjectives] wasted; at a low ebb.

wasteful (prodigal) [more]; penny wise and pound foolish.

[Phrases] magno conatu magnas nugas; le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle; "idly busy rolls their world away" [Goldsmith].

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