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(all) for naught

In vain; for nothing. Said of an effort that has resulted in failure. All of my hard work on that budget report was for naught when the computer system crashed.
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all for naught

Everything done has been in vain. Today a poetic word for “nothing,” naught formerly meant “morally bad” or “worthless.” Thus the King James version of the first Book of Kings (2:19) says, “The water is naught and the ground barren.”
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Thurman, though, landed a stiff right to put a stop to Pacquiao's offense but his next attempts were all for naught.
Nought is a variant of naught, as in "it was all for naught." This has apparently caught on to some degree in the UK, Ireland and Australia.
Without the herbicide treatment, the resilient trees resprout rapidly, and all the saw work is for naught.
The attention paid to this unconventional threesome is all for naught, though.
Ballard was built with the understanding it'd be temporary, but a pretty strong movement emerged as its demise loomed, and it looked like they had caught some ears, but in the end it was all for naught. The park was dozed late last spring, and Seattle is promising a replacement.
Kennedy wooed Nasser, but for naught. Nasser's invasion of Yemen in 1962 threatened American interests in Saudi stability, and the use of chemical weaponry and attacks on Saudi outposts by Nasser's forces did not go down well at the White House.
Doesn't it make you wonder if the last 100 years of eco-advocacy--and the billions of dollars pumped into it--have been for naught, when all it takes is for one administration to get into power and undo it all?
Doesn't that mean those design efforts are for naught?" Cavanagh quickly noted that the designers would need to take the manufacturing variability into account when coming up with the product designs, that they might, for example, implement some poka-yoke features in the parts so that manufacturing personnel would have to put them together properly.
The extra money he paid for the insulated windows was for naught. The heating system failed, causing layers of ice to form on the windows.
Extravagance for naught? Hector Ochoa, owner of the San Pedro de Atacama-based Ochoa Turismo travel agency, believes such extravagance may be for naught since the city's already-anemic tourism has tailed off in recent years, amounting to only 4,000 visitors in 1998.
But if the organs harvested from a cadaver cannot be preserved long enough or well enough to be successfully transported and transplanted to a recipient, all will be for naught.