come to naught


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come to naught

To be totally unsuccessful or amount to nothing. Our efforts to keep the farm came to naught in the end. All those hours I spent researching my graduate thesis have come to naught.
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The interest that these students expressed in "the politics of authenticity" might have come to naught, however, if the cultural ethos that these organizations helped produce did not merge, in the early l960s, with the burgeoning civil rights movement.
While these steps are helpful, all these efforts can come to naught if an organization fails to maintain vigilance in guarding its data.
Largely ignored the four years between Olympics, gymnasts can have thousands of hours of training come to naught by a misstep or case of nerves in perhaps their only shot in the Summer Games.
Hopefully, it will come to naught and it will only end up costing us a few thousand dollars,'' he said.