go for nothing

go for nothing

1. To happen or be done in vain. Said of an effort that has resulted in failure. All of my hard work on that budget report went for nothing when the computer system crashed.
2. To be sold in exchange for little money. It's OK if this stuff goes for nothing, I just don't want to have to move it to the new place.
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go for nothing

 
1. Lit. [for something] to be done for no purpose. All our work went for nothing. Our efforts at helping out went for nothing.
2. Fig. [for something] to be sold for a very low price. This merchandise can go for nothing; let's just clear it out at 90 percent off. I don't want this good stuff to just go for nothing.
See also: go, nothing

go for nothing

Be useless, serve no purpose. For example, He lost the case, so all our efforts on his behalf went for nothing. [Late 1500s] Also see go for, def. 2.
See also: go, nothing
References in classic literature ?
My well-remembered experience has convinced me that, in that corner of the ocean, once the wind has got to the northward of west (as it did on the 20th, taking the British fleet aback), appearances of westerly weather go for nothing, and that it is infinitely more likely to veer right round to the east than to shift back again.
Are all my pains to go for nothing with that coffin?
He had walked round the house and looked at the things he had known from his childhood; there were a few pieces of china which might go for a decent price and Philip wondered if it would be worth while to take them up to London; but the furniture was of the Victorian order, of mahogany, solid and ugly; it would go for nothing at an auction.
He would not even hear of letting the children go to work--there were schools here in America for children, Jurgis had heard, to which they could go for nothing. That the priest would object to these schools was something of which he had as yet no idea, and for the present his mind was made up that the children of Teta Elzbieta should have as fair a chance as any other children.
McAllister is in the final year of his contract and Derby would rather let him go for nothing now and get a potential sell-on than let him walk away for free next summer.
Kibera Black Stars will go for nothing short of three points when they host Coast Stima at Hope Centre.
By VINCENT OPIYOAFC Leopards midfielder Whyvonne Isuza says they will go for nothing short of a win in Sunday's Caf Confederations Cup preliminary round match against Madagascan side Fosa Juniors.Leopards host Fosa in the first leg clash at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega with the reverse tie scheduled for next weekend.
Hernandez has 12 months left on his deal - and if Leverkusen do not sell him now they could end up letting him go for nothing next summer.
Spurs and Liverpool are also keen and Arsenal aim to jump the queue as they believe West Ham may sell for around PS3million rather than let him go for nothing in the summer.
"But he''s under contract so we're not letting him go for nothing. If he wants to go to a club in Germany or any other side then most managers have got my number or can get it and are free to make an offer."
"I don't want to keep unhappy players, but I don't want to let players go for nothing either," said Jewell.
Would it make sense to pay pounds 5m for someone whom we let go for nothing? I have a feeling Beattie will be sold in the transfer window and who we bring in that could decide our season.
The 23-year-old could now be sold with the new season just a month away and the Latics fearing he could go for nothing when his current deal expires.
The 23-year-old could now be sold with the new season just a month away with the Latics fearing he could go for nothing when his current deal expires.
Valencia accept they are losing the fight to keep him and will want to cash in rather than see him go for nothing next summer.