Idiom:  blue in the face


Idiom:  (until someone is) blue in the face: 

  • to talk or argue for a very long time to try to persuade someone but it's useless because they won't do or agree with what you want

Example sentences

  • I could've argued with my parents until I was blue in the face but they'd still never let me go to the party.
  • I was blue in the face trying to explain my position but the director simply wouldn't listen to other ideas. 
  • I've explained to my daughter until I was blue in the face that she cannot drive my car but as you can see, she won't take no for an answer.
  • They yelled at each other until both were blue in the face and then finally, someone called the police.
  • Go ahead and yell until you're blue in the face—I'm not going to change my mind.
  • After I explained the situation until I was blue in the face, I asked to speak to a manager.
  • You can keep lecturing your kids until you're blue in the face or you can just take their cell phones away until they're more responsible.
  • I explained how to operate the machine until I was blue in the face.
  • My dad yelled at my brother for not coming home last night until he was blue in the face.


  • don't waste your breath

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