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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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What with Mark Gonzalez getting the knock-back on a work permit, and then rumour after rumour about Michael Owen, Milan Baros, Nobby Solano, Lord Lucan and the Loch Ness Monster all coming to nothing, Rafael Benitez must wonder just what he has to do to bring in some players.
However, former skipper and boss Stanton insists Tony Mowbray's squad can bounce back to prevent their previous good work coming to nothing.
With Ayr's pressure coming to nothing, Clyde again flexed their muscles and Hagen ended a cross-field run with a drive which flew just wide.
Both teams showed attacking intent early on with Luke Marshall's break for Ulster coming to nothing after an obstruction and Cardiff then threatening the line at the other end.
"Last season, so much of our good work ended up coming to nothing in the penalty area.
The fact is, they gave us very little to cheer about with yet more painful attempts to break down an opposition defence coming to nothing.
But Ballack refused to talk about himself in the aftermath, insisting it was only about Germany and their efforts coming to nothing.
Big Mac only joined Gloucester a few weeks ago after quitting Leicestershire but his dreams of playing for Scotland in next season's World Cup look like coming to nothing.
I only hope my claim for six bottles of Budweiser, two bags of Doritos and a Mars Bar - not to mention $10,000 for the mental anguish of seeing my bet on Juan Pablo Montoya coming to nothing - is successful.
Hoddle has been chasing jobs for months, with his hopes of returning to Southampton dashed by fan power and interviews about the French national post coming to nothing.