Meaning of “have something/nothing to show for sth” in the English Dictionary

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"have something/nothing to show for sth" in British English

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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 have nothing to show for it.

(Definition of “have something/nothing to show for sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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