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make nothing of (something)

1. To regard something as unimportant, trivial, or not worth one's attention. My brother earns so much money that he makes nothing of spending $300 on a single meal. We went to our HR rep about the issue, but they seemed to make nothing of our concerns.
2. To be unable to understand, comprehend, or decipher something. I can make nothing of this note John left—his handwriting is terrible! Her essay was so filled with obscure references and cryptic analogies that I could make nothing of what she was trying to say.
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make nothing of something

to ignore something as if it had not happened; to think no more about something. (Often with it.) My father caught me throwing the snowball, but he made nothing of it. I made nothing of the remark, even though it seemed quite rude. I saw him leave early, but I made nothing of it.
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make nothing of

1. Regard as unimportant, make light of, as in He made nothing of walking three miles to buy a newspaper. This expression was first recorded in 1632.
2. can make nothing of. Fail to accomplish, understand, or solve something, as in I could make nothing of that long speech. [Late 1600s]
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make nothing of (or not make anything of)

not understand or decipher.
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make nothing ˈof something

1 treat something as easy or unimportant: What a hill! But even with her heavy bag, Amy made nothing of it and was moving at top speed. OPPOSITE: make heavy weather of something/of doing something
2 not be able to understand or make sense of something: He went to bed again and thought it over but could make nothing of it. The more he thought about it, the less he understood.
See also: make, nothing, of, something
References in classic literature ?
it does happen very often, I assure you; but my sister makes nothing of it; she would as lieve be tossed out as not.
Now, a Hill-man makes nothing of a few hundred feet up or down, and as soon as the villagers saw the smoke in the deserted shrine, the village priest climbed up the terraced hillside to welcome the stranger.
She makes nothing of the fact that Naubert is sometimes named as the translator of The Recess.
She makes nothing of it, but she is very good at her job.
His thin tenor makes nothing of the story in the lovely Tit-Willow.
In this context it is rather surprising to note that Wade (whose pioneering work on the topic is well known) makes nothing of this issue.