cut no ice
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- (idiomatic, usually with "with") To have no influence (on).
1920, Virginia Woolf; Anne Olivier Bell (editor), The Diary of Virginia Woolf, published 1984, page 72:
- It's a feeling of impotence: of cutting no ice. Here I sit at Richmond, & like a lantern stood in the middle of a field my light goes up in darkness.