Grammar GuideIdiomsWhat does 'all for naught' mean?

What does 'all for naught' mean?

What does 'all for naught' mean?

All for naught means 'all for nothing'. e.g. Kate didn't get the promotion, and she felt her hard work was all for naught.

Naught is less commonly used nowadays, and the phrase all for nothing is more frequently seen. All for naught is often misspelled all for nought or even all for knot.

Dictionary Definition of naught

Examples of naught in a sentence

Threnody made to eat as if naught was wrong.
- Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish
I can only hope naught will come of it.
- Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish
He has naught to do with us!
- Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish
Railing about the wretched situation did naught to solve it.
- Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish