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f rooht luhs lee

  • r  in an unproductive manner

  • Perhaps it refers to Greek crab-fishermen, perhaps to a legend of the Battle of Salamis, when a greedy Theban, digging fruitlessly for Persian treasure, was thus slyly advised .
  • As daylight faded at the Ban Muang temple near Khao Lak on Thailand's inundated Andaman coast, Pornpimol Praditwong, 24, headed for home after another day fruitlessly searching for .
  • He peered at the audience, searching fruitlessly for a nod of acknowledgment.
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  • Obama embraces Bush-era policies
    While President Barack Obama has fruitlessly sought to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he has broadened George W. Bush’s drone warfare program, even approving a drone strike abroad to kill an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who was accused of having links to planned terror attacks.
    June 9, 2013 - Ashland City Times

  • Jay Rockefeller in Wheeling Intelligencer
    I am not here to deny or bicker fruitlessly about the science, as some would suggest,Rockefeller said.
  • Jimmy Carter in
    We should remember those 10,000 people - mostly African-Americans - who huddled in that enormous sports arena,Carter said. "They waited fruitlessly for FEMA to come to their assistance. Republicans didn't care about them. They're only...
  • Harold Nicolson in
    It's a great read which the Backbencher thoroughly recommends, not least for its insights into working on a newspaper diary: "Work fruitlessly superficially futilely upon the Londoner's Diary," writes Harold in 1930. "The difficulty is that...

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