go for nothing

Be useless, serve no purpose. For example, He lost the case, so all our efforts on his behalf went for nothing. [Late 1500s] Also see go for, def. 2.


Nearby words

  1. go easy,
  2. go far,
  3. go fish,
  4. go fly a kite,
  5. go for,
  6. go forth,
  7. go great guns,
  8. go halfway,
  9. go halves,
  10. go hand in hand

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