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English definition of “have something/nothing to show for sth”

have something/nothing to show for sth

If you have something/nothing to show for your work or effort, you have/have not won any advantage from it: I worked for two weeks, and £50 was all I had to show for it. I've been trying to write this essay all day and I've got nothing to show for it.Failing and doing badly
(Definition of have something/nothing to show for sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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