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"All for Naught" is a book published in 2005 that was written by John E. Stith.
- language: English Language
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The Dictionary of Clichs (2013)
A Word Lover's Guide to 4,000 Overused Phrases and Almost-Pleasing Platitudes by Christine Ammer
all for naught Everything done has been invain. Today a poetic word for “ nothing,” naught formerly meant “morally bad” or “worthless.” Thus the King James versionof the first Bookof Kings (2:19) says, “The water is naught and the groundbarren.” all hell breaks loose Chaos prevails. The expression crops up often in Elizabethanpoetry (Robert Greene, Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare) and continued to ...
by Henry Watson Fowler
nought, nought, one ; noughts «ft crosses ; bring or come to, or art at, naught ; avaxleih nought ; give all for naught. nautilus. PI. -ff. navigate makes -gable ; sec - able. navy. For n. <fc army, see army. nearly). The use of near in the sense of nearly (Not near so often ; near dead with fright ; near a century ago) has been so far affected by the vague impression that adverbs must end in ly as to be obsolescent ; see Unidiomatic -ly for other words in which the process has not gone so far.
by William Safire
As it happened, Warren wound up the vice presidential nominee on the Dewey ticket, but its loss to Democrats Truman and Barkley meant that the horse-trading was all for naught. In a 2007 article on the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Christine Gibson wrote on AmericanHeritage.com that “The delegates' debates, after-hours vote-scrounging and political horse-trading found compromises between immiscible interests.” (Immiscible is a chemical term meaning “unable to be mixed,” ...
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