to get nowhere

Idiom Definition

"to get nowhere"

to make no progress;

to have no success


Idiom Definition - to get nowhere

"To not get anywhere"

to make no progress;

to have no success


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to get nowhere

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How are you doing with your term paper?

Student 2:  I keep reading reference books and trying to write the paper but I just can't seem to make any progress.

Student 1:  How many pages have you written?

Student 2:  None.  I keep throwing away what I've written.  I am getting nowhere!

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to get nowhere

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you found out why the tax department is going to audit you?

Friend 2:  I have visited three different tax offices and have discovered nothing.

Friend 1:  You have no idea why you are being audited?

Friend 2:  I can't seem to get anywhere with the tax department!

to get nowhere - Usage:


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to get nowhere - Gerund Form:

Getting nowhere can be a frustrating experience.

to get nowhere - Examples:

1)  Sometimes it's not meant to be, we fight and fight and get nowhere.

2)  Also heads up for other users who might try this and get nowhere: Remember to turn off (disable) any addons that you have installed.

3)  The press and the fans get nowhere with their questions and complaints.

4)  I expect Gmail to do nothing, and for the FBI to get nowhere with this.

5)  You can wallow around and get nowhere fast, or you can get reliable info you can move forward.

6)  If you continue to reject that reality, you'll get nowhere.

7)  Without experiments we'll never learn anything. Without learning, we'll get nowhere.

8)  Their way or the highway and to hell with anyone else. They will get nowhere with that philosophy.

9)  What I do believe, however, is that our country will get nowhere if we do not get back to the basics of decency.

10)  I believe that physicists get nowhere when trying philosophy because everybody forgot what philosophy is about.

11)  I'd studied his personality carefully, and I knew I'd get nowhere appealing to him over labor's rights.

12)  You fight, argue, call each other names, and get nowhere. What's the point?

13)  Your ideals will get nowhere with Obama as president.

14)  If there is a revolution every five minutes we will get nowhere

15)  I hate spending that kind of money too, but I will get nowhere if I don't roll the dice.

16)  I don't think anyone is devaluing hard work. You get nowhere without putting in the hard work first.

17)  The culture here is if you don't produce, you get nowhere.

18)  Be warned, however, that many parents get nowhere with this approach.

19)  This explains why I get nowhere when I try to point the cat towards the catfood and get a blank stare.

20)  A young woman soloist can be the finest pianist on Earth, but will get nowhere unless she also looks good.