bring to nought

See: frustrate
References in classic literature ?
For some strange reason, I am supposed to have robbed or harmed the one man in the world whose message might bring to nought that Conference.
He further alleged that SARS had not ceased from it's nefarious activities lamenting that such things happening at the stage where the state was recording appreciable success in the war against cultism and kidnapping constituted to a major setback and a ploy to undermine the security of Rivers State and bring to nought the enormous financial resources spent by the state on ensuring the security of lives and property.
He feared that an excess of economic interdependence was "likely or certain in the long run to set up strains and enmities which will bring to nought the financial calculation.
The house you plan to buy may double in price in two years and bring to nought the savings from your pretend buying exercise.