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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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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

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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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Hereford fall short of last year's vintage by some margin, and their neat passing play often comes to nothing, so at the prices big-spending Stevenage are the pick, having secured a top-class strike pair by adding Darryn Stamp to the dangerous Anthony Elding.
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But it all comes to nothing if the teams above us don't drop points.
54: Neat control and touch to spread the play but comes to nothing as England lose possession.
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Coun Badham added: "If this comes to nothing, we feel that the only viable option for the future of the Red House is a sympathetic refurbishment for residential use that would give it a viable, sustainable use.
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