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come to naught

To be totally unsuccessful or amount to nothing. Our efforts to keep the farm came to naught in the end. All those hours I spent researching my graduate thesis have come to naught.
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come to nothing

To result in no tangible or appreciable difference; to fail. Well, all of our efforts came to nothing in the end, really. The bank decided to foreclose on us regardless of the money we raised.
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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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come to nothing

 and come to naught
to amount to nothing; to be worthless. So all my hard work comes to nothing. Yes, the whole project comes to naught.
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come to nothing

Also, come to naught. Fail, as in All his efforts have come to nothing, or The last round of peace talks came to naught. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variant from the early 1600s.
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come to ˈnothing


not ˈcome to anything/much

not have a successful result: The latest attempt to end the dispute came to nothing.They had a scheme for making a lot of money quickly, but it never came to anything.
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I tell you naught for your comfort, Yea, naught for your desire, Save the sky grows darker yet, And the sea rises higher'.
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The 90-mile bus trip went for naught and nothing went right for the Bulldogs, who suffered the worst loss of the season in the year's biggest game.
I think we all feel if we can't go out and play a solid game next week,'' Gannon said, ``then it's all for naught.