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amount to nothing

To result in no tangible or appreciable difference. Well, all of our efforts amounted to nothing in the end, really: the bank decided to foreclose on us regardless of the money we raised.
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He had certainly seen everything and with each curl of his lip, he declared that it amounted to nothing.
Failure was unimportant and success amounted to nothing.
It was, however, evident to both father and son that their walk amounted to nothing less than a punishment.
During the day they fed plentifully upon the beasts of prey which they killed in protection of the herd, so that their keep amounted to nothing at all.
The employers helping, a few of the known union men were flung out of the bread-lines; but that amounted to nothing.
Only one little gleam of hope did I get--and yet it amounted to nothing.
Some said the program would unify the city and spark thoughtful debate about censorship and free speech, while others said the program amounted to nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Hunter admitted there had been an incident, but said it had amounted to nothing more than a verbal exchange.
Virtually all of the New Age "modernisms" and "postmodernisms" of past decades have amounted to nothing more than increasingly tortured manifestations of the struggle within academia and established religion to make dualism intellectually legitimate in an age of science.
But a towering 631 for six and a lead of 347 amounted to nothing as the undergraduates of Durham survived for a shade under three hours to secure their only objective in the match.
The main culprit he fingers is Gates' hubris, his arrogant notion that the government's case amounted to nothing more than vindictive harassment.
If the legacy of May '68, with its universalist claims to individual freedom, has really amounted to nothing more than dysfunctional families, psychotropic drugs, and swingers' clubs (changistes), then maybe France really does need a Sartre to lead it out of the darkness.
AAA believed the surcharge amounted to nothing more than a fare hike for the vast majority of consumers and would add confusion to an already complex process of determining best available air fares.
Finally, the IRS noted that the attorney's letter was written nearly five years before S's death and amounted to nothing more than a suggestion to D of what D might consider doing in the future.
Fears there would be trouble at a loyalist demo at Glasgow's George Square amounted to nothing.