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producing no result or effect

unproductive of success

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With a roar that mingled with the booming thunder from above he leaped toward the panther, who could only claw futilely with one huge paw while he clung to the branch with the other; but the ape-man did not come within that parabola of destruction.
Upon his face hovered a faint, cold smile of haughty pride as the sword arm, displaying its mighty strength and skill in every move, played with the sweating, puffing, steel-clad enemy who hacked and hewed so futilely before him.
My fingers clawed futilely at the unyielding portal, while my eyes sought in vain for a duplicate of the button which had given us ingress.
He leaped futilely at the grinning ape-man, tore at the protruding end of the shaft, and then, springing into the trail, paced back and forth beneath his tormentor.
Officials began to squirm in embarrassment and humiliation as the steel workers sweated futilely under the overcast sky.
Like a thief who suddenly becomes self-aware that the evidence of his crime is sitting in plain sight, the President is attempting to surreptitiously, yet futilely, kick dirt to cover his crime by backtracking on his constant public lashings and attacks against me,' the senator said.
Earlier this month, Iraqi government troops changed tactics and started charging at the Old City from the Northwest, having besieged the area for weeks futilely from the South.
Perhaps Twitter's limited growth prospects would be more tolerable on Wall Street if, instead of futilely chasing user growth to become more like Facebook, it better monetized the subset of its audience with the deepest engagement.
Last year I was sitting in Tracksters sports bar, futilely betting on horse races, when in walked Slim, who was an occasional, modest player of the ponies.
A large majority of Londoners are furious that their votes failed to count, with some signing a petition for a new referendum and others calling, albeit futilely, for London to announce its independence as a city state.
In this program, drug users, dealers, and cops interact futilely in a corrupt Baltimore.
Only hard-working bachelor Jonsen, one of Petterson's tough but generous mentor figures, futilely tries to bond with Tya, aids her escape, and later "adopts" Tommy.
Kate futilely attempts to elicit help from nearby villagers.
The undulating black stripes of the large-scale Pere et fils (Father and Son), 2014, loomed on the wall adjacent to the small, icon-like Main bleue bougie blanche (Blue Hand White Candle), 2014, which, we might imagine, futilely seeks to illuminate a stretch of asphalt in the middle of the night.
He was the lawman futilely chasing the Duke brothers, often in the company of his droopy-faced basset hound Flash.