Does ''In Vein'' make sense when we're referring to ''doesn't work''?

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  • 6 months ago
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    "Vein" is a blood vessel or a concentration of minerals in the earth.

    "In vain" means that all attempts failed. "We tried in vain to get the motor started."

    I'm sure there is a pun somewhere in here about the nurse trying "in vein" to make the insert the IV needle.

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  • 6 months ago

    Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. Vain means that which has no value and serves no purpose. In vain means that nothing came from the effort. All that for nothing, literally. vanity is something worthless, with no useful outcome.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    In vain....without success.

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  • 6 months ago

    Do you mean "in vain"? "I tried to make it work, but my efforts were in vain."

    • John P
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      6 months agoReport

      Spelling - "in vain". But "in vain" cannot be used, for instance, about a machine which does not work. "In vain" can only be used as in the example by Gypsyfish, meaning that a person's efforts are useless.

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