(all) for naught

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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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The hard lessons of the Belmont Learning Center and Proposition BB were seemingly all for naught.
From the intro, a supposedly impromptu conversational tidbit from the studio, through each abrasive, cliche-ridden track that follows, the overlong ``All for You'' is all for naught.