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- To have no value, or carry no weight with someone.
- 1867, Anthony Trollope, The Last Chronicle of Barset:
- Is not your friend's business your own business? What does friendship mean if it is not so? And when I tell you that it is my business, mine of right, does that go for nothing with you?
- 1926, Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi) (page 333)
- And I tell you they are promises that go for nothing.