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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
The club is for sale but Romanov is well aware of its worth and it's wide of the mark to suggest he will let it go for nothing.
But he''s under contract so we're not letting him go for nothing.
I don't want to keep unhappy players, but I don't want to let players go for nothing either," said Jewell.
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.
Armstrong, aged 28, still has a year left on his contract at Portman Road but Ipswich appear willing to let him go for nothing.
They tried to get something in return for him and, when trade talks failed, they let him go for nothing - nothing but what he'd already given them.