go for nothing

go for nothing

 
1. Lit. [for something] to be done for no purpose. All our work went for nothing. Our efforts at helping out went for nothing.
2. Fig. [for something] to be sold for a very low price. This merchandise can go for nothing; let's just clear it out at 90 percent off. I don't want this good stuff to just go for nothing.
See also: nothing

go for nothing

Be useless, serve no purpose. For example, He lost the case, so all our efforts on his behalf went for nothing. [Late 1500s] Also see go for, def. 2.
See also: nothing
References in classic literature ?
Are all my pains to go for nothing with that coffin?
Is my trouble, then, to go for nothing, and the sweat that I have sweated, to say nothing of my horses, while getting the people together against Priam and his children?
He would not even hear of letting the children go to work--there were schools here in America for children, Jurgis had heard, to which they could go for nothing.
I would go for nothing, if I could,' I said, 'but I want the money badly.
My well-remembered experience has convinced me that, in that corner of the ocean, once the wind has got to the northward of west (as it did on the 20th, taking the British fleet aback), appearances of westerly weather go for nothing, and that it is infinitely more likely to veer right round to the east than to shift back again.
Spurs and Liverpool are also keen and Arsenal aim to jump the queue as they believe West Ham may sell for around PS3million rather than let him go for nothing in the summer.
The club is for sale but Romanov is well aware of its worth and it's wide of the mark to suggest he will let it go for nothing.
Winger Young, 25, is preparing to make his announcement after England's Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland on Saturday and give Villa little choice but to sell him as he will go for nothing next summer.
If we take a small fee for Steven Pienaar rather than waiting for the end of the season and letting him go for nothing, then I'd suggest Charlie Adam as a good punt in January.
But he''s under contract so we're not letting him go for nothing.
I don't want to keep unhappy players, but I don't want to let players go for nothing either," said Jewell.
The 23-year-old could now be sold with the new season just a month away and the Latics fearing he could go for nothing when his current deal expires.
The 23-year-old could now be sold with the new season just a month away with the Latics fearing he could go for nothing when his current deal expires.
Armstrong, aged 28, still has a year left on his contract at Portman Road but Ipswich appear willing to let him go for nothing.
They tried to get something in return for him and, when trade talks failed, they let him go for nothing - nothing but what he'd already given them.