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empty–handed

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

Simple Definition of empty–handed

  • : without having, carrying, or bringing anything

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of empty–handed

  1. 1 :  having or bringing nothing

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

1589

First Known Use of empty–handed

1589


EMPTY–HANDED Defined for Kids

empty–handed

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

Definition of empty–handed for Students

  1. 1 :  not carrying or bringing anything <I can't show up at the party empty-handed.>

  2. 2 :  having gotten or gained nothing <He left the contest empty-handed.>




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