• Simplified
  • Traditional
 
Idiom
come away empty handed
 
 
Meaning
have nothing to show for one's effort; gain nothing
 
 
Usage
When I started these negotiations, the last thing I expected was to come away empty handed.
 
 
Usage
He worked long and hard trying to build his business, but in the end he came away empty handed.
 
 
Story
The expression 空手而回 literally means return home with nothing in the hands.
 
 
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