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empty-handed

[emp-tee-han-did] /ˈɛmp tiˈhæn dɪd/
adjective
1.
having nothing in the hands, as in doing no work:
While we were carrying out the luggage, he stood by empty-handed.
2.
having gained nothing:
to return from a quest empty-handed.
3.
bringing no gift, donation, etc.:
They came to the birthday party empty-handed.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15
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British Dictionary definitions for empty handed

empty-handed

adjective
1.
carrying nothing in the hands
2.
having gained nothing: they returned from the negotiations empty-handed
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