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  • r  in a futile and unproductive manner

  • For nine years she and her husband Gilbert John, 38, a van driver for British Rail, had futilely tried to have a child.
  • Tisserant, 80, recalled a December 1939 meeting with Pius in the Pope's study at which he futilely urged Pius to issue an encyclical on the duty of Roman Catholics to resist the .
  • After arguing futilely with an adamant telephone operator, Davis phoned Knight's Capitol offices for permission to break into one of the lines.
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  • Mark Wahlberg visits Michigan football, hilarity ensues
    The anchor futilely references Marky Mark's first breakout hit, "Good Vibrations." Given that the song is older than the quarterback who was throwing him passes, I think we can do better.
    July 5, 2013 - Philly.com
  • Whose ER response is better? Medical faculty, residents compete in ‘Sim Wars’
    In one room of the simulated emergency department, Assistant Professor of Medicine Mary Westergaard futilely applies chest compressions to a child manikin. The script says the boy hasn’t had a pulse since he arrived in the Med Flight helicopter and that gray matter leaking from his brain indicates a severe head injury.
    July 1, 2013 - University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Harold Nicolson in guardian.co.uk
    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...
  • Margaret Wente in Sydney Morning Herald
    In The Globe and Mail, writer Margaret Wente said that Wolf's version of feminism is "out of date" and noted that when she was at university she spent her last semester "futilely trying to seduce my thesis supervisor. In fact, my failure to...

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