For the White House, returning twice from Copenhagen empty-handed would represent more than an embarrassment.
The mission was unsuccessful as he returned home “empty-handed.”
Aissa coming now empty-handed out of the house, caught sight of the two armed men.
My service to the Prince, but I wish he had not come here so empty-handed.
Lemm lived with him seven years in the capacity of orchestra conductor, and left him empty-handed.
He went, however, only to return a few hours later, empty-handed.
She had appealed to their mercy in vain; and she was empty-handed and had nothing with which to bribe them.
But game was scarce and Jack was returning to Gardiner empty-handed and disgusted.
His Southern home seemed a million miles away; but come what would, he would never return to it empty-handed as he had left it.
He was compelled to return to England as empty-handed as when he went out.