come to naught

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It was a pity that so many weeks of dreary labor should have come to naught at last.
His well-laid plan had come to naught, so he sat there screaming at the roaring creature beneath him and making mocking grimaces at it.
Relief was one, because the state could have closed the school or converted it to a parent-run charter school, but there also was frustration that efforts made by Antelope Valley High staff to improve students' academic performance have come to naught.