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make nothing of (something)

1. To regard something as unimportant, trivial, or not worth one's attention. My brother earns so much money that he makes nothing of spending $300 on a single meal. We went to our HR rep about the issue, but they seemed to make nothing of our concerns.
2. To be unable to understand, comprehend, or decipher something. I can make nothing of this note John left—his handwriting is terrible! Her essay was so filled with obscure references and cryptic analogies that I could make nothing of what she was trying to say.
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make nothing of something

to ignore something as if it had not happened; to think no more about something. (Often with it.) My father caught me throwing the snowball, but he made nothing of it. I made nothing of the remark, even though it seemed quite rude. I saw him leave early, but I made nothing of it.
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make nothing of

1. Regard as unimportant, make light of, as in He made nothing of walking three miles to buy a newspaper. This expression was first recorded in 1632.
2. can make nothing of. Fail to accomplish, understand, or solve something, as in I could make nothing of that long speech. [Late 1600s]
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make nothing of (or not make anything of)

not understand or decipher.
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make nothing ˈof something


1 treat something as easy or unimportant: What a hill! But even with her heavy bag, Amy made nothing of it and was moving at top speed. OPPOSITE: make heavy weather of something/of doing something
2 not be able to understand or make sense of something: He went to bed again and thought it over but could make nothing of it. The more he thought about it, the less he understood.
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References in classic literature ?
I had tried hard at it, but had made nothing of it.
I couldn't help it, love; I should have made nothing of Julia, if I hadn't taken you for my model.
There was between them and my castle the creek, which I mentioned often in the first part of my story, where I landed my cargoes out of the ship; and this I saw plainly he must necessarily swim over, or the poor wretch would be taken there; but when the savage escaping came thither, he made nothing of it, though the tide was then up; but plunging in, swam through in about thirty strokes, or thereabouts, landed, and ran with exceeding strength and swiftness.
When I came to the place my very blood ran chill in my veins, and my heart sunk within me, at the horror of the spectacle; indeed, it was a dreadful sight, at least it was so to me, though Friday made nothing of it.
Only a poor girl - only a stroller - only James Harthouse made nothing of - only James Harthouse a Great Pyramid of failure.'
So fearless were they, that they made nothing of creeping in among the folds of his garments.
He made nothing of the people about him as he tramped on, staring over their heads into the body of the court.
I wandered about all the evening the first time I went out, and made nothing of it, but came home again wet, draggled, and tired.
He began to justify himself in a heated, stumbling, angry manner, which made nothing of it.
He tried a new direction, but made nothing of it; walls, dark doorways, flights of stairs and rooms, were too abundant.
"You shall see the body at the mortuary, but we have made nothing of it up to now.
8 VARDY: Had a couple of mini openings in the second half of extra-time but made nothing of them.
Yet while Pulis brushed that off and made nothing of it, Warnock wasn't quite as forgiving and was seen repeatedly telling the Wolves manager to "f**k off" as Santo followed him around the pitch in search of a handshake.
He made nothing of the punch at the time when the majority of players would have theatrically collapsed in a heap, clutching their stomach.
The visitors made nothing of a crop of early corners and until Jordon Ibe swung one over in the 22nd minute there was not a sniff of a scoring chance.