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/ˈɛmp tiˈhæn dɪd/
having nothing in the hands, as in doing no work:
While we were carrying out the luggage, he stood by empty-handed.
having gained nothing:
to return from a quest empty-handed.
bringing no gift, donation, etc.:
They came to the birthday party empty-handed.
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Now he will have to go away
, if he does not lose his life.
When he went out alone he generally returned
With a full cargo, a stiff head-wind is a great hindrance, but fresh and
they can face it with more ease.
But the central government has begun to shut down such programs, leaving many students
Yet, making the effort can truly mean the difference between landing the job or walking away
They told tales of people laboring for years on the market but ending up
But later searches closer to home came up
But repeated searches for this myriad population of frosty worlds came up
But bonobos were much more social, approaching experimenters even when they were
males were mostly unsuccessful at mating.
British Dictionary definitions for
carrying nothing in the hands
having gained nothing
they returned from the negotiations empty-handed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Better half an egg than an empty eggshell.
With empty hands we come; empty handed we go.
Full bottles are quiet; it's the empty ones that make all the noise.