It is going to be a long search, most likely a fruitless one.
With Watergate closing in, Nixon fired Haldeman and Ehrlichman in a fruitless effort to insulate himself.
Let's wait to see if both top diplomats make it to that table before declaring diplomacy a fruitless exercise.
The latter had had a lovely if fruitless game, running rings around the U.S. defense but failing, repeatedly, to score.
Further investigative activity,” the state concluded, “would have been fruitless.
Finally, worn out by his fruitless exertions, he fell asleep.
I must thank you that I did not take a fruitless journey into Bristol.
After a long but fruitless talk around the council fire, the English rose to go.
It was mere sophistry, and deceiving, fruitless, and unprofitable.
They ran out just as the boys came up, and the fruitless chase resulted.