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come up dry

To have no results or not have the desired results. How did you find that? All my Google searches came up dry. I've asked around for a babysitter, but so far I've come up dry.
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come up dry

be unsuccessful. North American
1988 James Trefil The Dark Side of the Universe Attempts to see this decay with extremely sensitive experiments have so far come up dry.
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