go away empty-handed

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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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Of course, you can do all the prep in the world and still get things wrong - an odds-on favourite can fall at the first fence, and plenty of companies that have gone away empty-handed from the Dragons' Den have gone on to do well regardless.
Eriksson was left wondering how his team had gone away empty-handed after dominating the game, although he was impressed by his players' performance.
Eriksson was left wondering how his team had gone away empty-handed after dominating much of the match, although he was impressed by his players' performance in defeat.
However, were it not for Tingley's inability to fire into an open goal, Crown could just as easily have gone away empty-handed.
"I started training two days ago from my last injury and maybe that affected me this afternoon, but we definitely deserved to get something out of the game and it's a bit annoying that we've gone away empty-handed.
They've all said something like that and they've all gone away empty-handed.
But the Chelsea coach had no complaints about the result and said it would have been harsh on Steve Bruce's City if the midlanders had gone away empty-handed.