Every time we go to the movies, my little brother won’t stop talking until I tell him to put a sock in it.

“Put a sock in it” means “be quiet” or “stop talking.” The origin of the phrase comes from the idea of putting a sock into a musical instrument like a trumpet to muffle the sound, so the phrase is essentially telling someone to “mute” themselves.

Sample Sentences:

The boss was on the phone and the co-worker wouldn’t stop interrupting, so he told him to put a sock in it.

The comedian asked the rowdy audience to put a sock in it so he could continue with his jokes.

When the football coach caught his team arguing during practice, he told them to put a sock in it and focus on the game.

Continuing to argue with him about it is like flogging a dead horse. We’ll never agree.

“Flogging a dead horse” means to continue to pursue a goal or argument that is no longer productive or relevant. It implies that the person is wasting their time and effort on something that has already failed or is beyond saving. The idiom is often used to suggest that it is time to move on to a new approach or project, rather than persisting with an unsuccessful one

Sample Sentences:

Trying to convince him to come back to our team is like flogging a dead horse. He’s already made up his mind.

She keeps trying to make that outdated trend popular again, but it’s like flogging a dead horse.

The coach kept pushing them to play the same losing strategy, but it was like flogging a dead horse.

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