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(all) for naught

In vain; for nothing. Said of an effort that has resulted in failure. All of my hard work on that budget report was for naught when the computer system crashed.
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Nought is a variant of naught, as in "it was all for naught.
Without the herbicide treatment, the resilient trees resprout rapidly, and all the saw work is for naught.
It was the third-highest scoring game of Bryant's career, as he went 22 of 45 from the field and played 54 minutes, but it went for naught at the end of the 3 hour, 20 minute game.
The attention paid to this unconventional threesome is all for naught, though.
Ballard was built with the understanding it'd be temporary, but a pretty strong movement emerged as its demise loomed, and it looked like they had caught some ears, but in the end it was all for naught.
Doesn't it make you wonder if the last 100 years of eco-advocacy--and the billions of dollars pumped into it--have been for naught, when all it takes is for one administration to get into power and undo it all?
Hector Ochoa, owner of the San Pedro de Atacama-based Ochoa Turismo travel agency, believes such extravagance may be for naught since the city's already-anemic tourism has tailed off in recent years, amounting to only 4,000 visitors in 1998.
I feel absolutely wonderful because I know this money is not for naught, that it's going to be put to good use,'' Sikora said.
And the manipulation and transformation of motives that one might expect from a veteran film composer went for naught here.
Roddick had a chance to get back into the match in the fourth game, when he had three break points, but all three went for naught, and Ljubicic won the game when Roddick sent a backhand return into the net.
He thought his amazing season, the best in Royal of Simi Valley football history, had all been for naught.