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In a vain attempt at positive self-reinforcement, chalk all this up to maybe having worked out too hard last week.

Such incantations are nothing more than a vain attempt to reclaim lost influence.

So let's reach into our bag of metaphors in what I fear will be a vain attempt to put Karl's column into context.

The shots had summoned the other two men who were thrashing about in a vain attempt to find the cause of the shooting.

Festing braced himself in a vain attempt to hold them, for the trail was half covered with tall grass and broken by badger holes.

Montgomery was killed and Arnold wounded in a vain attempt to carry the city by storm on the last night of 1775.

The cries of suffering humanity were disregarded in a vain attempt to practise doubtful virtues.

After a vain attempt to get rid of our enfeebled yaks, we continued up the great river along its right or eastern bank terrace.


On this page you'll find 10 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to vain attempt, such as: bootless errand, fool's errand, lost cause, merry chase, red herring, and snipe hunt.

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