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Dead Horse

Flogging a dead horse. Attempting to revive a question already settled. John Bright used the phrase in the House of Commons.

Working for a dead horse.
Working for wages already paid.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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