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go 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 went away empty-handed, thanks to another fourth-place finish. Don't go away from the dessert table empty-handed—bring me a piece of cake!
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go away empty-handed

Fig. to depart with nothing. I hate for you to go away empty-handed, but I cannot afford to contribute any money. They came hoping for some food, but they had to go away empty-handed.
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And you never have to go away empty handed, even if you don't win the auction.
But the majority didn't go away empty handed as they received 50% off a new bird feeder!
The Tyrur Kennels are unlikely to go away empty handed on the night, however, as Domingo and O Gorman give team Fahy a real chance of a heat double.
Villa had by far the better and more numerous chances but the big American ensured O'Neill's men did not go away empty handed by making four great saves.
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The other four finalists didn't go away empty handed as they received the Richard Lewis Award, a bursary of pounds 2,500 each, given by the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust in memory of the distinguished Welsh tenor.
Whoever wins, there will be a 'loi Forgeard' decreeing that anyone who loses a big job in France must go away empty handed.
However, Rodger did not go away empty handed as he won the men's veterans event, beating Nunthorpe's Robin Donnelly 3-0 in the final game.
Sandra didn't go away empty handed as she received a weekend for two in the presidential suite of Carrig County House, Co.
Not to go away empty handed, Congressman Chambliss noted that, if the cutbacks are implemented, "I know there are some B-1 hangers that are being vacated that B-2s will fit nicely into."
The Blessed Virgin promised Richeldis that "Whoever seeks my help there, will not go away empty handed." Richeldis began to build such a house, not quite in the Mediterranean style since it was made of wood like other Saxon houses, at the village of Houghton St.
Even the third-placed band don't go away empty handed;
Warnock is now 63 and still speaks fondly of his time at Leeds Road and the stadium - he was linked with a return before Simon Grayson's appointment - but he is a born winner and will not want to go away empty handed on Saturday.
Skybet's Dale Tempest, pictured above handing Jon his cheque, said: "We couldn't let Mark go away empty handed after such a great effort."