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come to naught

To be totally unsuccessful or amount to nothing. Our efforts to keep the farm came to naught in the end. All those hours I spent researching my graduate thesis have come to naught.
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come to nothing

To result in no tangible or appreciable difference; to fail. Well, all of our efforts came to nothing in the end, really. The bank decided to foreclose on us regardless of the money we raised.
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(all) for naught

A failure; for nothing. All of my hard work on that budget report was for naught when the computer system crashed.
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come to nothing

 and come to naught
to amount to nothing; to be worthless. So all my hard work comes to nothing. Yes, the whole project comes to naught.
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come to nothing

Also, come to naught. Fail, as in All his efforts have come to nothing, or The last round of peace talks came to naught. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variant from the early 1600s.
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not ˈcome to anything/much

not have a successful result: The latest attempt to end the dispute came to nothing.They had a scheme for making a lot of money quickly, but it never came to anything.
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The love of Carthoris of Helium," she said simply, "could be naught but an honour to any woman; but you must not speak, my friend, of bestowing upon me that which I may not reciprocate.
I heard naught of another," replied Lan-O; "you alone were brought to the towers.
But remember, Norman of Torn, that the best answer for an Englishman is the sword; naught else may penetrate his thick wit.
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Without the herbicide treatment, the resilient trees resprout rapidly, and all the saw work is for naught.
It was the third-highest scoring game of Bryant's career, as he went 22 of 45 from the field and played 54 minutes, but it went for naught at the end of the 3 hour, 20 minute game.
The attention paid to this unconventional threesome is all for naught, though.
Though his work fell into relative obscurity immediately after his death, it was revitalized in the Second World War when Winston Churchill quoted lines from "Say not the struggle naught availeth" during his efforts to attain American cooperation, including "Westward, look, the land is bright.
Ballard was built with the understanding it'd be temporary, but a pretty strong movement emerged as its demise loomed, and it looked like they had caught some ears, but in the end it was all for naught.
Callum, a naught, and Sephy, a Cross, grow up and play together while Callum's mother works for Sephy's family.
Although they were told to "fight nice" by the university's president, United Press International reports that "knives were drawn and policy was naught to be found.
Doesn't it make you wonder if the last 100 years of eco-advocacy--and the billions of dollars pumped into it--have been for naught, when all it takes is for one administration to get into power and undo it all?
As the world knows, there are no more intolerant persons than scorned liberal intellectuals whose efforts to undermine or bypass traditional teaching and ideas have come to naught.
In the end, the invasion schem e came to naught, as a result of diplomatic changes rather than Walsingham's discoveries.