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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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