come to naught


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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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Largely ignored the four years between Olympics, gymnasts can have thousands of hours of training come to naught by a misstep or case of nerves in perhaps their only shot in the Summer Games.
Hopefully, it will come to naught and it will only end up costing us a few thousand dollars,'' he said.