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English definition of “empty-handed”

empty-handed

adjective [after verb]     /ˌemp.tiˈhæn.dɪd/
without bringing or taking anything: We can't go to the party empty-handed.Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
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