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empty-handed

[emp-tee-han-did]
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adjective
  1. having nothing in the hands, as in doing no work: While we were carrying out the luggage, he stood by empty-handed.
  2. having gained nothing: to return from a quest empty-handed.
  3. bringing no gift, donation, etc.: They came to the birthday party empty-handed.
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Origin of empty-handed

First recorded in 1605–15
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empty-handed

adjective
  1. carrying nothing in the hands
  2. having gained nothingthey returned from the negotiations empty-handed
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