Examples from the Web for fruitless
The latter had had a lovely if fruitless game, running rings around the U.S. defense but failing, repeatedly, to score.Team USA Goes Down Swinging in 2-1 World Cup Loss to Belgium|Tunku Varadarajan|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"My pre-emptive action of hand shaking was fruitless," Hatami said, explaining the kiss.The Kiss That Sent Iran Crazy and an Actress to Be Flogged in Public|IranWire|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My search was fruitless, and after a while I gave it up and came back to find Mr. Wilde squatting on his high chair by the table.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Let's wait to see if both top diplomats make it to that table before declaring diplomacy a fruitless exercise.
With Watergate closing in, Nixon fired Haldeman and Ehrlichman in a fruitless effort to insulate himself.The Nixon Home Movies: Glimpses of Tragedy in ‘Our Nixon’|Eleanor Clift|August 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But it is fruitless to look there, in those Paper-bags, for such.
Wolfe spent the summer in fruitless efforts to reduce Quebec.The Land We Live In|Henry Mann
An extremely rare bird, a robin, hopped from his path and continued a fruitless search for insects.Thy Rocks and Rills|Robert Ernest Gilbert
The brethren of Saxony appealed to him from their visitor, and, finding this fruitless, they carried their complaint to Gregory.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III|Henry Charles Lea
The efforts to draw something out of little Dorothea were also fruitless.The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann