Definition of empty-handed adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌempti ˈhændɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌempti ˈhændɪd//
[not usually before noun]
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without getting what you wanted; without taking something to somebody The robbers fled empty-handed. She visited every Sunday and never arrived empty-handed. We went to the sale expecting to buy a lot, but we came away empty-handed.
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