come up dry
be unsuccessful - North American
1988 - James Trefil - The Dark Side of the Universe - Attempts to see this decay with extremely sensitive experiments have so far come up dry.
RELATED IDIOMS :
dry as dust
This is represented in the fictitious character of the antiquarian Dr. Jonas Dryasdust to whom Sir Walter Scott addressed the prefatory epistle of Ivanhoe and some other novels.
there was not a dry eye in the house
everyone in the audience of a film, play and speech was moved to tears.
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