empty-handed empty-handed


  1. (adj) having acquired or gained nothing
  2. (adj) carrying nothing in the hands


  1. He played a high-stakes game, at one point threatening the banks that he would file for bankruptcy, which would have left creditors empty-handed.
  2. But 35 went miserably and empty-handed away, Izzy Einstein and Moe Smith were among them.
  3. Jim Guy Tucker went away empty-handed.


  1. Boys Golf: Martens advances to 3-A District meet

    ATLANTIC (May 10) -- Despite falling just short in its quest for a district meet team berth, Harlan Community did not come away empty-handed from last Friday’s Class 3-A Sectional Boys Golf Tournament in Atlantic.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Harlan Tribune

  2. Jimmy Hoffa flashback, 2006: Was Hoffa buried at Milford Township horse farm?

    The FBI came up empty-handed in its latest search for Jimmy Hoffa, but a 75-year-old convict whose tip sent agents to a Milford Township horse farm probably won't.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  3. Tiger Woods leaves Merion empty-handed again, five years removed from major glory

    The stars were supposed to be aligned for Tiger, but he left another major empty-handed.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Golf Magazine


  1. "Yesterday the country and the world looked to Washington for leadership, and Congress once again came up empty-handed ...... I am disappointed at the lack of resolve and bipartisan goodwill among members of both parties to fix this problem,"...
    on Sep 30, 2008 By: John McCain Source: AFP

  2. "The president, refusing to be held accountable for his disastrous war policy, is threatening to reject both our reasonable approach and that money, leaving our military empty-handed," Reid said in a statement.
    on Nov 15, 2007 By: Harry Reid Source: Forbes

  3. "Today, the Iranian nation is victorious but you (the United States) are empty-handed," Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech to a rally in the western Iranian city of Ilam.
    on Dec 5, 2007 By: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Source: Reuters Canada

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