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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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Owen was sold beacuse otherwise he'd have gone for nothing and the Cisse deal was done before Rafa arrived, so why don't you judge Rafa on the class players he has signed like Alonso and Garcia and give the man the time he deserves?
My husband and I couldn't believe that anyone could be so mean spirited and it seemed that all that hard work had gone for nothing. But in the middle of this upset and frustration, we discovered that someone had read the story and decided to come to our aid.
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Goater is out of contract in the summer and could have then gone for nothing.