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empty–handed

adjective emp·ty–hand·ed \ˌem(p)-tē-ˈhan-dəd\

: without having, carrying, or bringing anything

Full Definition of EMPTY-HANDED

1
:  having or bringing nothing
2
:  having acquired or gained nothing <came back empty–handed>

First Known Use of EMPTY-HANDED

1589
EMPTY-HANDED Defined for Kids

empty–handed

adjective emp·ty–hand·ed \ˌemp-tē-ˈhan-dəd\

Definition of EMPTY-HANDED for Kids

1
:  not carrying or bringing anything <I can't show up at the party empty-handed.>
2
:  having gotten or gained nothing <He left the contest empty-handed.>

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