One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be ruined or foiled.‘his hopes of becoming commissioner have come to naught’
fail, founder, be unsuccessful, not succeed, lack success, fall through, fall flat, break down, abort, miscarry, be defeated, suffer defeat, be in vain, be frustrated, collapse, misfire, backfire, not come up to scratch, meet with disaster, come to grief, come to nothing, miss the mark, run aground, go wrong, go awry, go astrayView synonyms
- ‘I believe all this arguing and toing and froing will come to naught in the end.’
- ‘All the extravagant statements come to naught.’
- ‘Hopes were then pinned on the disciplinary investigation of 20 senior officials - which has come to naught.’
- ‘Everything he tries with the boy comes to naught!’
- ‘Many years of work and negotiations came to naught.’
- ‘My attempts to raise money in France and Germany have come to naught.’
- ‘Attempts so far to forge a compromise have come to naught, leaving the upcoming session disturbingly unsettled.’
- ‘He said unless the boxers worked on their fighting skills, the quest for effective competition and excellence on the international scene would come to naught.’
- ‘Now it seems all their efforts have come to naught.’
- ‘Yet all will come to naught without international political, administrative and financial support on an unprecedented scale.’
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