Yiddish: It's as helpful as cupping a corpse.

עס העלפֿט ווי אַ טויטן באַנקעס.

Es helft vi a toytn bankes.

It's as helpful as cupping a corpse.

It's useless, ineffective.  SOURCE: Bernstein, Jüdische Sprichwörter und Redensarten.  Cupping is a traditional healing practice in which cups are used to create suction on the skin in order to mobilize the flow of blood or stagnant energy.   (see also)   Example:

‎‎.דעם רשע העלפֿט אַזוי מוסר זאָגן ווי אַ טויטן באַנקעס
Dem roshe helft azoy muser zogn vi a toytn bankes.
Moralizing to a criminal is as effective as cupping a corpse.

SOURCE: Stutchkoff, Der Oytser fun der Yidisher Shprakh

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