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come up empty

Definition of come up empty

  1. :  to fail to get or find something or someone <The police searched the area for clues but came up empty.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

  1. :  containing nothing

    :  not occupied or inhabited

    :  unfrequented

  1. :  to make empty :  remove the contents of

    :  deprive, divest

    :  to discharge (itself) of contents

  1. :  something (as a bottle or can) that is empty

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