come to nought

come to nought

To be totally unsuccessful or amount to nothing. Our efforts to keep the farm came to nought in the end. All those hours I spent researching my graduate thesis have come to nought.
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I sincerely hope that this is not another of Mayor Mallon's visions that come to nought.
I feel inadequate enough, thank you, without the extra burden of realising yet again my good intententions of eating fewer chips, drinking more water and jogging around the block three times a week have all come to nought.
Without them, all the effort at self-funding will come to nought.