from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Bearing nothing.
- adj. Having received or gained nothing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having nothing to give.
- adj. Having given or received nothing.
- adj. Having failed in a task.
- adj. That revolves purely around unarmed, hand-to-hand combat, and uses no weapons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. having acquired or gained nothing.
- adj. carrying nothing in the hands.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having nothing in the hands; specifically, carrying or bringing nothing of value, as money or a present.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having acquired or gained nothing
- adj. carrying nothing in the hands
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He returned to Palestine empty-handed and politically weakened after the tripartite summit this week with President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
If Choruss abandons the time-tested approach of licensing and relies instead on covenants not to sue, it will facilitate a brazen money grab by the major labels it represents, leaving songwriters, recording artists and music publishers empty-handed, and college students holding the bag.
For an in-depth, in detail analysis, “If Choruss abandons the time-tested approach of licensing and relies instead on covenants not to sue, it will facilitate a brazen money grab by the major labels it represents, leaving songwriters, recording artists and music publishers empty-handed, and college students holding the bag,” wrote Bennett Lincoff, an intellectual property law attorney, consultant and author.
A couple divers went in after them, but came up empty-handed.
Zak and Kassi have only themselves to blame for coming away empty-handed.
Who on earth is going to leave Bolivia empty-handed?
I went to East yesterday and came away empty-handed, gloomy but not despairing.
While the article touches briefly on trends among women waterfowlers, it mostly follows this group through an unsuccessful Monday hunt, during which they manage to take none of the ducks that pass (some within 40 yards), they smoke, pass around a flask, apparently wear purple bands on their hats and finally leave empty-handed.
The choice was get the best deal possible which included a first ever consumer watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or come away empty-handed.
"I return to my slum empty-handed many times because the shopkeeper says there is no stock," Munna, 47, said.