pound sand

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pound sand (third-person singular simple present pounds sand, present participle pounding sand, simple past and past participle pounded sand)

  1. (idiomatic) To engage in a futile activity.
    • 2010, Eric Blehm, The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan, HarperCollins (2010), →ISBN, page 44:
      [] Without men on the ground, we'll be pounding sand."
  2. (idiomatic, dismissal) To go away; get lost; go to hell.
    • 2003 March 15, Christopher Koch, "Showdown at the 6.0 Corral", CIO:
      "The price to us was going to be $3 million, and we had four months to pay before the Licensing 6.0 deadline. We told Microsoft to go pound sand."