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come away empty-handed

To return from an experience or event without having gained anything. I worked so hard to prepare for the competition, and I still came away empty-handed, thanks to another fourth-place finish. Don't come away from the dessert table empty-handed—bring me a piece of cake!
See also: away, come

come away empty-handed

to return without anything. All right, go gambling. Don't come away empty-handed, though. Go to the bank and ask for the loan again. This time don't come away empty-handed.
See also: away, come
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But the mismatch between buyers and sellers makes for a high-stress market, with buyers sometimes coming away empty-handed.
They had failed to capitalise fully on their dominance, a couple of times coming away empty-handed from periods of sustained pressure in the French 22 and that cutting edge is something that still needs sharpening looking ahead.
Seeing the dog getting a sense of there having been some somewhere and then coming away empty-handed is disappointing.
But by coming away empty-handed we've put pressure on ourselves for the much tougher away trips coming up.
You have to take each game seriously, and if you go halfcocked into any of them you run the risk of coming away empty-handed.
It was such a disappointing feeling getting so close after driving so many plays and coming away empty-handed.
It means ill people are suffering needlessly, countless hours are wasted by relatives desperate to get them the medication they need and then there is the ultimate frustration of going to a pharmacy and coming away empty-handed.
He is under real pressure now and there is no disguising the fact that coming away empty-handed from Macedonia has made it amust-win game in Iceland.
Mr Pulfrey said that despite coming away empty-handed, his appearance on Dragons' Den helped him.
British talent was otherwise shunned at the music Oscars - with James Blunt coming away empty-handed despite five nominations.
But the visitors, who were in danger of coming away empty-handed despite dominating for long spells, had other ideas.
But, then again, it was more goalkeeping heroics from Michael Oakes that stopped them coming away empty-handed Hoddle had few complaints after his side twice fought back.
Chereau has known success and failure at Cannes, winning the Prix du Jury and the actress prize (Virna Lisi) for "La Reine Margot" (Queen Margot) in 1994, but coming away empty-handed with "L'homme blesse" (The Wounded Man) in 1983 and "Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train" (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train) in 1998.
But we should have broken that spirit with the chances we had and only have ourselves to blame for coming away empty-handed.
POSH will be kicking themselves after dominating this game but coming away empty-handed.