go away empty-handed

go away empty-handed

Fig. to depart with nothing. I hate for you to go away empty-handed, but I cannot afford to contribute any money. They came hoping for some food, but they had to go away empty-handed.
See also: away
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Dolgellau came back strongly at Bethesda last week and were unlucky to go away empty-handed.
Celtic didn't go away empty-handed, though, picking up gold awards with St Mirren, Falkirk and Fraserburgh.
Kingscroft a Koukash ace A Chester meeting without a Marwan Koukash winner is a rarity these days, and Kingscroft ensured the Kuwaiti-born, Liverpool-based businessman did not go away empty-handed as he landed the 7f handicap under Silvestre de Sousa.
Redcar Paralympian Bywater scored 17 points and Dan Highcock added 15 to ensure Britain, who began the week as defending champions, did not go away empty-handed last night.
However, Robson did not go away empty-handed after coming through the combined group three-four plate event to win the final 52-35 with a one-frame, sudden-death victory over West Midlands' sole representative Mohammed Daud.
James Dean, visitor services manager at Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre, said: "Last year more than 2,000 people came through the visitor centre doors to see all the fantastic local artwork - and many didn't go away empty-handed.
Other lady race-goers need not go away empty-handed, as Marks & Spencer will also be hand out 3,000 goodie bags.
With fantastic prizes up for grabs - including holidays - it'll be impossible to go away empty-handed.
They may go away empty-handed, however, as there is not much turnover in his favoured corner with its handsome big family homes of the earlier 20th century, mostly standing in glorious large gardens, some with views over fields and down to the river in the distance.
It's a real sharing community - no self-respecting allotmenteer would let another go away empty-handed.
The last team to go away empty-handed were the Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, who went down in the UEFA Cup in midweek.
But once they woke up there was never any doubt that Barnsley were going to go away empty-handed and leave caretaker manager Glyn Hodges with a major headache on how to pick his players up.
The Beeb promise that no child will go away empty-handed and there will be no tears at bedtime.
Thus, the Appellate Division, while not deciding how plaintiff's damages should be measured, remanded this case back to the Supreme Court for a determination of those damages with instructions that creativity be exercised by the court in enabling these damages, to be calculated with some degree of certainty so that plaintiff, who has been clearly damaged, should not go away empty-handed.
Willie Mullins, who saddled the second, third and fourth in the feature, did not go away empty-handed when Shakervilz made a winning bow over fences in the 2m1f beginners' chase.