Definition of 'empty-handed'
Example sentences containing 'empty-handed'
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POLICE digging up two gardens in the search for a missing gran have come up empty-handed. The Sun (2016)Yet Arsenal still finished that season empty-handed and there is little to suggest things are going to be different this time. The Sun (2016)She routinely comes empty-handed and apologises with an excuse about how busy her day has been. Times, Sunday Times (2008)There was no way we were going home empty-handed. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Patients who have had antibiotics before are particularly hard to send away empty-handed. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We do not intend to end this season empty-handed. The Sun (2015)None of this would have been happening if we had come back empty-handed. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Anything is better than going home empty-handed. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The first day he was given a story that did not stand up and he returned empty-handed. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But now they are facing the prospect of ending the season empty-handed. The Sun (2008)And each night we went home empty-handed. The Sun (2014)Some return empty-handed and investors offset the cost against their tax. Times, Sunday Times (2012)If he comes out empty-handed it will be a real setback. Times, Sunday Times (2009)No one should mock a spouse who returns empty-handed from an epic shopping trip. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The nice guys went home empty-handed. The Sun (2015)She came home crying and empty-handed. The Sun (2008)I dare you to come away empty-handed. Times, Sunday Times (2013)M&S went away empty-handed and Waitrose won just one. Times, Sunday Times (2014)When the past has been this bountiful, one empty-handed season does not constitute a famine. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Instead, they went for the extravagant pass and came away empty-handed. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But our research shows that after each of those sales the Gunners ended the season empty-handed. The Sun (2011)If you come up empty-handed, you can always check out the examples in the nearby museum. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He has filled the hungry with good things; and sent away the rich empty-handed. Christianity Today (2000)They don't want to return empty-handed. The Sun (2013)When our game is firing we can beat anyone and we're determined not to end the season empty-handed. The Sun (2014)
Trends of 'empty-handed'
Used Rarely. empty-handed is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'empty-handed'
British English: empty-handed ADJECTIVE
If you come away from somewhere empty-handed, you have failed to get what you wanted.
Delegates from the warring sides held a new round of peace talks but went away empty-handed.
Definition of empty-handed from the Collins English Dictionary
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