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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.
See also: amount, nothing

amount to much

to be as good as something; to be any good. His fine plans don't amount to much, since he won't work for them. (Usually negative.) She's a nice girl, but she'll never amount to much.
See also: amount, much

amount to something

1. Lit. [for someone or something] to become worthwhile or successful. I hope Charles amounts to something some day. I doubt that this business will ever amount to anything really profitable.
2. Fig. [for something] to be the equivalent of something. Why, doing this amounts to cheating! Your comments amount to treason.
3. and amount (up) to something [for a sum of money] to increase [to a large amount]. Is that everything you want to buy? That amounts to twenty dollars. These charges amount up to a lot.
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amount to the same thing

 and come to the same thing; add up to the same thing
Fig. to be the same [as something]. Borrowing can be the same as stealing. If the owner does not know what you have borrowed, it amounts to the same thing. With cars—whether they're red or blue—it comes to the same thing.
See also: amount, same, thing

bring an amount of money in

to earn an amount of money; to draw or attract an amount of money. My part-time job brings fifty dollars in every week. She brings in a lot of money from her executive's salary.
See also: amount, bring, money, of

come out at an amount

 and come out to an amount
to result in a certain amount, as the result of mathematical computation. The total charges came out at far more than we expected.
See also: amount, come, out

don't amount to a bucket of spit

Rur. is not worth anything. foe's a shiftless cuss. He don't amount to a bucket of spit. All your pretty promises don't amount to a bucket of spit.
See also: amount, bucket, of, spit

draw against an amount of money

to withdraw money from something in advance. I can draw against my allowance—at least a small amount. You cannot draw against your salary.
See also: amount, draw, money, of

front someone some amount of money

to provide an advance payment of some amount to someone. The buyer fronted me half the purchase price as a favor.
See also: amount, front, money, of

get an amount of money for something

to receive an amount of money in exchange for something; to sell something for a specific price. (See also get something for an amount of money.) I got nearly two thousand dollars for my car. How much did they get for their house?
See also: amount, get, money, of

live on an amount of money

to live on a specific amount of money; to manage to live on a specific amount of money. Can you live on only that much money? I can live on a very small amount of money.
See also: amount, live, money, of, on

live on an amount of money

to live on a specific amount of money; to manage to live on a specific amount of money. Can you live on only that much money? I can live on a very small amount of money.
See also: amount, live, money, of, on

lose some amount of time

[for some amount of time] to be wasted. We lost a lot of time waiting for Hermione. He lost no time in getting out of there.
See also: amount, lose, of, time

not worth a hill of beans and not amount to a hill of beans; not worth a plugged nickel; not worth beans

Fig. worthless. Your advice isn't worth a hill of beans. This old cow isn't worth a plugged nickel.
See also: amount, and, bean, hill, not, of, worth

oceans of someone or something

 and an ocean of someone or something
a very large amount of something. The naughty student was in oceans of trouble. After a week of vacation, there was an ocean of work to do.
See also: ocean, of

out an amount of money

lacking something; having lost or wasted something. I'm out ten bucks because of your miscalculation. I'm out the price of a meal.
See also: amount, money, of, out

put an amount of time in on something

to spend an amount of time (doing something). You put how much time in? I put in four months on that project.
See also: amount, of, on, put, time

put something at an amount

to price something at a certain amount of money; to estimate something at a certain figure. I would put the charges at about two hundred dollars. She put the damages at nearly two hundred thousand dollars.
See also: amount, put

start someone out at an amount of money

to start someone working at a particular salary. We will start you out at $30,000. I wanted to be started out at $35,000.
See also: amount, money, of, out, start

take an amount of money for something

to charge a certain amount for something. I'll take four thousand for that car there. How much will you take for a big bag of flour?
See also: amount, money, of, take

throw an amount of light on someone or something

to present some revealing information about someone or something. What you have just told me throws a lot of light on George and his motivation. Will you please throw some light on the problem?
See also: amount, light, of, on, throw

amount to something

to be the same as something else A decrease in student aid amounts to an increase in tuition fees. She thought he was wrong to take what amounts to a stand against greater freedom.
Related vocabulary: add up to something
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amount to a hill of beans

to be of little importance You are making yourself miserable over something that amounts to a hill of beans.
See also: amount, bean, hill, of

amount to the same thing

also come to the same thing
to be nearly the same thing, after you consider it She wanted him to suffer and she wanted to punish him, which amounts to the same thing.
See also: amount, same, thing

amount to

1. Add up, develop into, as in Even though she's careful with her money, her savings don't amount to much, or All parents hope that their children will amount to something. [Mid-1500s]
2. Be equivalent to, as in Twenty persons won't amount to a good turnout. [Late 1300s] Also see amount to the same thing.
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amount to the same thing

Also, come to the same thing. Make no difference, be the same, as in Since it's supposed to rain all day, whether I go outdoors now or later will amount to the same thing , or Paying in cash or with a credit card, it comes to the same thing.
See also: amount, same, thing

amount to

1. To add up to some number or quantity: I forgot to return the DVD on time, and the late charges amounted to almost $25.
2. To be understood as something: Your behavior amounts to an insult.
3. To be as important or valuable as some level of quality: They never thought I'd amount to anything, but look at me now! The facts I have so far don't amount to much. My parents never thought I'd amount to as much as my sister.
See also: amount

carry (an amount of) weight

tv. to have a degree of influence. Tom carries a lot of weight with the mayor. Ask him.
See also: amount, carry, of, weight

pull down an amount of money

tv. to earn a stated amount of money. (An amount of money is expressed as a figure or other indication of an actual amount.) She pulls down about $80,000 a year.
See also: amount, down, money, of, pull

shell out (an amount of money)

and shell (an amount of money) out
tv. & in. to spend a certain amount of money. I’m not going to shell $400 out for that!
See also: amount, money, of, out, shell

shell an amount of money out

See also: amount, money, of, out, shell
References in classic literature ?
know of the existence of this treasure, which may amount to nearly two mil.
About 80,000 went in payments on all the estates to the Land Bank, about 30,000 went for the upkeep of the estate near Moscow, the town house, and the allowance to the three princesses; about 15,000 was given in pensions and the same amount for asylums; 150,000 alimony was sent to the countess; about 70,00 went for interest on debts.
When you set me down safely in any civilized port, together with my son and my husband," she replied, "I will pay you in gold twice the amount you ask; but until then you shall not have a cent, nor the promise of a cent under any other conditions.
You forget that we have to have a reasonable amount of proof before we can tap a man on the shoulder and ask him to come with us.
My word," he grinned to Harley, "that fella dog put 'm crimp along me any amount.
To his surprise a check for that amount, accompanied by a contract, came by return mail.
Over his features played an eager desire to state the amount of his valor in a similar crisis, but the narrator proceeded.
At the conclusion of each massacre in either country, or as soon thereafter as practicable, or at stated regular periods, as may be provided by treaty, there shall be an exchange of scalps between the two Governments, scalp for scalp, without regard to sex or age; the Government having the greatest number is to be taxed on the excess at the rate of $1000 a scalp, and the other Government credited with the amount.
Fifty-two thousand rix-dollars were the remittance of Sweden and Norway; the amount is large for the country, but it would undoubtedly have been considerably increased had the subscription been opened in Christiana simultaneously with that at Stockholm.
It seems pretty clear that organic beings must be exposed during several generations to the new conditions of life to cause any appreciable amount of variation; and that when the organisation has once begun to vary, it generally continues to vary for many generations.
This channel will be more or less deep, according to the rate of subsidence, to the amount of sediment accumulated in it, and to the growth of the delicately branched corals which can live there.
Although both of them were provided with a certain amount of railway literature, neither of them made any pretence at reading.
Writing out on note paper in his minute hand all that he owed, he added up the amount and found that his debts amounted to seventeen thousand and some odd hundreds, which he left out for the sake of clearness.
Yet his guest derived a certain amount of pleasure from the entertainment, owing to Brott's constant endeavours to bring the conversation round to Lucille.
To those who are accustomed to the leading English journals, or to the respectable journals of the Continent of Europe; to those who are accustomed to anything else in print and paper; it would be impossible, without an amount of extract for which I have neither space nor inclination, to convey an adequate idea of this frightful engine in America.