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in vain

for no purpose; [done] as a failure. They rushed her to the hospital, but they did it in vain. We tried in vain to get her there on time.
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in vain

1. without success Melissa shifted about, trying in vain to find a comfortable position. Government agents tried in vain to kidnap him.
2. without any useful result Clegg said Friday's military operation went well, and that these soldiers did not die in vain. The president himself must make the argument, or all our work will be in vain.
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in vain

To no avail, useless, as in All our work was in vain. [c. 1300] Also see take someone's name in vain.
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in vain

1. To no avail; without success: Our labor was in vain.
2. In an irreverent or disrespectful manner: took the Lord's name in vain.
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Since May, US Mideast envoy George Mitchell has shuttling between Abbas and Netanyahu to try to narrow the gaps, so far in vain.
He searches the Earth in vain for a love of his own without giving up.
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In Branch's expert hands, the next three years of American history are the diffusion of that certainty and the political momentum it would bring--and that progressives have spent the last 40 years trying in vain to recapture.
We pick up the noun in 2:16: "It is by holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain [kenon] or labor in vain [kenon].
I'll prove it" So, perhaps the words in vain are not appropriate.
Given the political turmoil in Israel, one looks for some sign of conflict or tragedy, but in vain.
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Paul's definitive assessment that "if Christ be not risen again, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is also in vain" (1 Cor.
From its beginnings in 1986, OCA initiated campaigns throughout the state against such "family" issues as abortion and the National Endowment for the Arts, often in vain.