be wasted on someone


be wasted on someone
if something is wasted on someone, they do not understand it or do not realize how good or valuable it is

Don't give the smoked salmon to the children – it'd just be wasted on them.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • be wasted on someone — phrase if something is wasted on someone, they do not understand it or do not realize how good or valuable it is Don’t give the smoked salmon to the children – it’d just be wasted on them. Thesaurus: to not understand, or to misunderstandsynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wasted — wast|ed [ weıstəd ] adjective 1. ) something such as time or money that is wasted is not used effectively: an entirely wasted day Someone with her experience would be wasted in a job like that. 2. ) INFORMAL someone who is wasted is very drunk or …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wasted — UK [ˈweɪstɪd] / US [ˈweɪstəd] adjective 1) something such as time or money that is wasted is not used effectively an entirely wasted day Someone with her experience would be wasted in a job like that. 2) informal someone who is wasted is very… …   English dictionary

  • wasted — [[t]we͟ɪstɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ A wasted action is one that is unnecessary. I m sorry you had a wasted journey. Syn: unnecessary 2) ADJ GRADED Someone who is wasted is very tired and weak, often because of an illness. They look too wasted to care about… …   English dictionary

  • waste (something) on (someone) — to not be noticed or appreciated. I wouldn t waste this material on high school students they don t have the background to understand it. Usage notes: often used when speaking of something of special quality: The difference between a really fine… …   New idioms dictionary

  • waste — 1 /weIst/ noun 1 BAD USE (singular, uncountable) things such as money or skills that should be used and are not, or that are not used effectively: waste in government departments (+ of): Being unemployed is such a waste of your talents. 2 be a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • waste — waste1 [ weıst ] noun *** 1. ) singular or uncount the failure to use something valuable in an effective way, so that it does not produce the benefits that it could: All this uneaten food what a waste! a campaign to increase efficiency and reduce …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • waste — waste1 W3S2 [weıst] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(bad use)¦ 2 go to waste 3 be a waste of time/money/effort etc 4¦(unwanted materials)¦ 5 a waste of space 6¦(land)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1 5; Date: 1200 1300; Origin: WASTE2] [ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • waste — I UK [weɪst] / US noun Word forms waste : singular waste plural wastes *** 1) a) [singular/uncountable] the failure to use something valuable in an effective way, so that it does not produce the benefits that it could All this uneaten food – what …   English dictionary

  • waste — [[t]we͟ɪst[/t]] ♦♦ wastes, wasting, wasted 1) VERB If you waste something such as time, money, or energy, you use too much of it doing something that is not important or necessary, or is unlikely to succeed. [V n ing] There could be many reasons… …   English dictionary


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