amount to nothing

(redirected from amounted to nothing)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

amount to nothing

To result in no tangible or appreciable difference. Well, all of our efforts amounted to nothing in the end, really: the bank decided to foreclose on us regardless of the money we raised.
See also: amount, nothing
References in classic literature ?
He waved his hands like a man of the world, who dismisses religion and philosophy, and says "Fudge." He had certainly seen everything and with each curl of his lip, he declared that it amounted to nothing. Maggie thought he must be a very elegant and graceful bartender.
Beyond congratulations, they really amounted to nothing; for, as he was informed, everything was going satisfactorily.
Failure was unimportant and success amounted to nothing. He was the most inconsiderate creature in that swarming mass of mankind which for a brief space occupied the surface of the earth; and he was almighty because he had wrenched from chaos the secret of its nothingness.
It was, however, evident to both father and son that their walk amounted to nothing less than a punishment.
During the day they fed plentifully upon the beasts of prey which they killed in protection of the herd, so that their keep amounted to nothing at all.
The employers helping, a few of the known union men were flung out of the bread-lines; but that amounted to nothing. To make matters worse, the Government tugs that had been hauling food from the army depots on Mare Island to Angel Island found no more food to haul.
"Only one little gleam of hope did I get--and yet it amounted to nothing. I examined the contents of the safe, most of which had been taken out and left on the table.
Francis Jeffers' goal sparked a late revival but Gerrard would be key in ensuring it amounted to nothing. Three times he made crucial last-ditch interventions to deny Jeffers and Danny Cadamarteri, and even survived a late handball appeal in the area.
The confrontations have become commonplace since Japan nationalised the East China Sea islands in September, a move it insisted amounted to nothing more than a change of ownership of what was already Japanese territory.
Stoke City's interest in Richard Dunne amounted to nothing in the end, while Wolves' eyeing up of Glenn Whelan fizzled out too.
Yet, to many reinsurers, 2011 "amounted to nothing more than a negative-earnings event."
He criticized the new Prime Minister for ignoring justice and that his 17 page essay amounted to nothing in terms of first year of political science major.
Gingrich, who is in the midst of a 17-stop tour of Iowa, said Ryan's budget plan, which passed earlier this year by House Republicans, was "too big of a jump" and amounted to nothing more than "right-wing social engineering." He went further to suggest it was an effort at "imposing radical change" on Americans.
"Given the uncertainty over payment of this prize money, and the assurances that have so far amounted to nothing, I'm sure players will have concerns about participating in the future," Marsh said.
He said that allegedly false statements amounted to nothing more than "forward-looking" statements accompanied by "meaningful cautionary" statements that put investors on notice of risk.