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not get anywhere

To make no progress at all; to be stuck or at an impasse. Look, we've been discussing this issue all day and we haven't gotten anywhere. Let's take a break and start again tomorrow. A: "How did the negotiations go today?" B: "We didn't get anywhere. I don't know how we're going to get this deal approved by the deadline."
See also: anywhere, get, not

get somebody ˈnowhere/not get somebody ˈanywhere

not help somebody make progress: His job is getting him nowhere. He ought to try and find another one.All these questions aren’t getting us anywhere. We need to make a decision.
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We have been a victim of our own success by getting to the League Cup Final and having the Celtic game rearranged but we'd rather have that than scrapping and not getting anywhere.
Without this protected focus during time-pressured days, people felt as if they were on a treadmill: moving fast, but not getting anywhere.
We were saying at the start of the season when we won one lost one, sometimes it is better doing it that way because you end up getting yourself up the table a lot more, a lot of teams have been drawing and are not getting anywhere.
We've been trying to get permit parking round here but we're not getting anywhere.
We all have a version of Tommy Thorpe in us - the frustration of just not getting anywhere, the monotony of our life.
Stuart Federer Gwilym It would be better if they go back to the old rugby union games as we are not getting anywhere the way it going.
All of my family are in Liverpool, but there comes a time when, if you're not getting anywhere, it's time to move on.
I've applied for dozens of jobs but I'm not getting anywhere.
I came in with a mandate from all four board members at the time who all said, "We know we have something, but we know we're not getting anywhere.
I've tried to feel better by sweeping it under the carpet, too, but I'm not getting anywhere.
What is very evident after a few months of 2,000 plus redundancies is the 50% who have found a job are not getting anywhere near the rewards they received in the steel industry.
He said: "The doctor said after a while 'We're not making any headway' or 'we're not getting anywhere, we'll have to move on', I think were her exact words.
He and his partner had been to the police who referred them to trading standards, but they were not getting anywhere.
She told the Sunday Mail: "I wrote the letter because I'm just not getting anywhere.
The rehab was the hardest part for me and it appears at some times you're not getting anywhere.