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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.
See also: for, go, nothing
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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: for, go, nothing
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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: for, go, nothing
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
It all goes for nothing. She doesn't want to marry Ladislaw."
'I don't know how that may have been,' returned Mrs Nickleby: 'but I know she had a very red face, so your argument goes for nothing.'
Griffiths is out of contract in seven months and Wolves want to cash in before he goes for nothing.
Blackburn could offer skipper Lucas Neill in exchange, but are reluctant to lose the Aussie and may prefer to keep him until June - even if he goes for nothing then.
But I've learned that it all goes for nothing if you don't practice.
The 28-year-old pot star said: "I've got an excellent record in the Bensons but that goes for nothing as soon as the first frame starts.