go for nothing

go for nothing
go for nothing
1. Lit. [for something] to be done for no purpose. •

All our work went for nothing.

Our efforts at helping out went for nothing.

2. Fig. [for something] to be sold for a very low price. •

This merchandise can go for nothing; let's just clear it out at 90 percent off.

I don't want this good stuff to just go for nothing.

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also {formal}[go for naught] {v. phr.} To count for nothing; be useless; be wasted. * /What the teacher said went for nothing because the pupils did not pay attention./ * /I hope that all your good work doesn't go for naught./ Compare: IN VAIN.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.