all for naught


all for naught
(all) for naught without achievement or result.

Marge's time in jail wasn't all for naught – she earned a college degree while she was there.

Usage notes: sometimes, in less formal use, nothing is substituted for naught:

I would hate to think that what we'd tried to do was all for nothing.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of naught (= zero or nothing)

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  • for naught — (all) for naught without achievement or result. Marge s time in jail wasn t all for naught – she earned a college degree while she was there. Usage notes: sometimes, in less formal use, nothing is substituted for naught: I would hate to think… …   New idioms dictionary

  • go\ for\ naught — • go for nothing • go for naught formal v. phr. To count for nothing; be useless; be wasted. What the teacher said went for nothing because the pupils did not pay attention. I hope that all your good work doesn t go for naught. Compare: in vain …   Словарь американских идиом

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  • naught — n. (lit.) 1) to come to naught 2) all for naught * * * [nɔːt] (lit.) to come to naught all for naught …   Combinatory dictionary

  • naught — /nɔt / (say nawt) noun 1. Archaic or Poetic nothing. 2. destruction, ruin, or complete failure: to bring to naught; to come to naught. 3. Chiefly US → nought (def. 1). –adjective Obsolete 4. worthless; useless. 5. lost; ruined. 6. morally bad;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Naught — (n[add]t), n. [OE. naught, nought, naht, nawiht, AS. n[=a]wiht, n[=a]uht, n[=a]ht; ne not + [=a] ever + wiht thing, whit; hence, not ever a whit. See {No}, adv. {Whit}, and cf. {Aught}, {Not}.] 1. Nothing. [Written also {nought}.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • naught — noun (U) old use nothing: He cared naught for public opinion. | come to naught (=fail): All their plans came to naught …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • To set at naught — Naught Naught (n[add]t), n. [OE. naught, nought, naht, nawiht, AS. n[=a]wiht, n[=a]uht, n[=a]ht; ne not + [=a] ever + wiht thing, whit; hence, not ever a whit. See {No}, adv. {Whit}, and cf. {Aught}, {Not}.] 1. Nothing. [Written also {nought}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • go for nothing — also {formal}[go for naught] {v. phr.} To count for nothing; be useless; be wasted. * /What the teacher said went for nothing because the pupils did not pay attention./ * /I hope that all your good work doesn t go for naught./ Compare: IN VAIN …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go for nothing — also {formal}[go for naught] {v. phr.} To count for nothing; be useless; be wasted. * /What the teacher said went for nothing because the pupils did not pay attention./ * /I hope that all your good work doesn t go for naught./ Compare: IN VAIN …   Dictionary of American idioms