Looking for sentences with the phrase 'in vain'? Here are some examples.
This was disputed in vain, and in 1777 Spain confirmed Portuguese sovereignty.
Maurice pressed Frederick in vain to at least defend the Palatinate against the Spanish troops under Spinola and Tilly.
When Tekuder's brother Arghun challenged him for the throne, Tekuder sought assistance in vain from the Mamluks, but was executed.
For the next seven years, between 1880 and 1887, Stevenson searched in vain for a place of residence suitable to his state of health.
His retreat was in vain, however, as he was overtaken by the Germanic cavalry and killed shortly thereafter, according to Velleius Paterculus.
King Burgred of Mercia fought in vain against the Ivar the Boneless and his Danish invaders for three years until 874, when he fled to Europe.
There is a famous photo of him scoring yet another header and the goalkeeper is clinging on to him while two defenders try in vain to stop him.
Land of Hope and Glory, already popular, became still more so, and Elgar wished in vain to have new, less nationalistic, words sung to the tune.
The ball was launched goalward and Wolfgang Weber scored, with England appealing in vain for handball as the ball came through the crowded penalty area.
In the 1970s, a Belgian consul in Oldenburg made the mayor of Bruges sign a declaration of friendship which he tried to present, in vain, as a jumelage.
After waiting here in vain for the rest of the fleet, they sailed south to another bay, where they stayed for five months, building a fort and loading logwood.
When Roberts and his men were finally found an attempt was made to blow the ship up rather than face capture, however it proved in vain due to an insufficient gunpowder.
you will look in vain for anything that the Leave campaign said at any point that ever suggested there would ever be any kind of border closure or drawing up of the drawbridge.
Sailing in 1772 with the Resolution and the Adventure under Captain Tobias Furneaux, Cook first searched in vain for Bouvet Island, then sailed for 20 degrees of longitude to the westward in latitude 58° S, and then 30° eastward for the most part south of 60° S, a higher southern latitude than had ever been voluntarily entered before by any vessel.
London's Polish immigrants are waiting in vain for the promise of jobs in the New Europe.
He said the teenagers tried in vain to rescue their mate, who was from SA's Yorke Peninsula but who was living in Adelaide.
Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean — with gusto, went on an epic search in vain to try to find voice recordings of John Dillinger.
Many of these early settlers were Scots, and they did not ask in vain for help from McMillan in establishing their stations.
In vain might a Russian revolution seek advice or help from a materialistic and egoistic western Europe that armed itself in preparation for wars far more brutal than those of the past.