wrestle with a pig

wrestle with a pig
To engage in a struggle with an opponent that benefits from the struggle even without winning it.

"And when you begin refuting one anothers reasons, fussing back and forth, you generally do what a nationally known industrial relations authority warns you against: you wallow in the mud with the pig. He says, Never wallow in the mud with a pig, because the pig likes it. That is exactly what he wants, because you are on his home ground. He can think of arguments as well as you can, so where do you come out?"


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