from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a futile manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a futile manner.

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  • adverb In a futile manner

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a futile and unproductive manner


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  • As for concerns the Giants (11-6) left too much of themselves on the field in futilely trying to stop New England's perfect season on Dec. 29, well, forget it.

  • I was transfixed, even as I ran, even as I called futilely after her.

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  • He then futilely explains it for five pages to prove the point, winding up with a lurch into a gloss on Ecclesiastes 9:5, "but the dead know nothing," which somehow brings up a tale from what turns out to be the Babylonian Talmud—check the footnote, which has its own digression into Hrapp, a character in one of those Icelandic horror stories.

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  • Instead of struggling futilely and perilously against this lack of sustension, he yielded to it.

    Winged Blackmail

  • Were they not aware of the TRILLIONS plus taxpayer dollars being futilely squandered in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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  • Would he be clinging so futilely to life in dotage, or would he have the courage to go to the hemlock?

    What Is Life?

  • When one of the most level-headed and relevant politicans in the GOP has to pander like this, and futilely beg to be accepted as a Christian, you have to feel good about being a Democrat.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Might Have Been

  • She loved him, but not blindly—futilely, probably, but not blindly.

    Western Man

  • Senate Democrats will likely busy themselves trying, futilely, to get Republican support by adding tax cuts and reducing spending in the stimulus bill.

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  • Battered by the fifth Borg cube, its shields failing, its weapons firing futilely, James T. Kirk executed a suicidal dash toward the enemy vessel.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire


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