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get (one) nowhere
To result in no progress for one at all; to cause one to be stuck or at an impasse. Discussing this issue has gotten us nowhere. Let's take a break and start again tomorrow. Doing the same thing over and over will get you nowhere. You've got to try a different method.
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Also, not get anywhere. Make no progress, as in I've tried to put this together, but I'm getting nowhere with it. This expression is sometimes intensified as get nowhere fast, as in I tried phoning but got nowhere fast. [Early 1900s] Also see get somewhere; get there.
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ˈget somewhere/anywhere/nowheremake some/no progress: Now at last we’re getting somewhere! ♢ You’ll get nowhere in life if you don’t work harder. ♢ Are you getting anywhere with that new manager?
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