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  1. 1
    without any payment

    Some of the men volunteered to work for nothing.

    I’m a club member, so I can get tickets for nothing.

  2. 2
    without a reason or purpose

    Why did you call me down here for nothing?

    not for nothing (=for a good reason):

    Not for nothing is McRae known as ‘the wild man of motor sport’.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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