Значение идиомы in vain

[in vain] {adv. phr.} 1. Without effect; without getting thedesired result; without success.

The drowning man called in vainfor help.

To cry over spilled milk is to cry in vain.

Compare: GOFOR NOTHING, NO USE. 2. See: TAKE ONE’S NAME IN VAIN.

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Значение идиомы in vain