get nowhere


: to have no success at all in doing something : to make no progress
I have gotten nowhere with my research.
My research is getting nowhere.
: to not help (someone) at all : to not make a situation any better for (someone)
Arguing will get us nowhere.

Examples of get nowhere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At ten hour-long episodes, the comedy takes an awfully long way to get nowhere very interesting at all. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2024 But average high temperatures in Death Valley drop quickly during the fall and get nowhere near the record-shattering heat of summer. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 25 Oct. 2023 Candidates get nowhere with their own voters by taking Trump on directly. Michael Warren, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Mirin Japanese cooking 101 students will get nowhere without a bottle of mirin. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 5 Mar. 2023 Academic philosophy had trained me well for fruitless struggle, as the whole project of philosophy was to get nowhere. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 Dunleavy, who works out of his garage in the Philadelphia suburbs, began the project in 2017 and spent two years seeming to get nowhere. Richard Preston, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Cruise ship passengers get nowhere close to Denali, the tallest peak in North America. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 What might work in the House may get nowhere in the Senate. Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021

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“Get nowhere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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