empty-handed

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empty-handed (comparative more empty-handed, superlative most empty-handed)

  1. Having nothing to give.
    I felt bad having shown up to the baby shower empty-handed.
  2. Having given or received nothing.
  3. (figuratively) Having failed in a task.
    I was supposed to clean up the trash out back, but I returned empty-handed.
  4. (of a style of martial arts such as karate) That revolves purely around unarmed, hand-to-hand combat, and uses no weapons.

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