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Difference between Bring something to naught and Set something at naught

bring something to naught—(of plans, efforts, etc.) ruin or render useless:

  • An alliance between them, albeit temporary… was quite effective enough to bring the best efforts to naught.

set something at naught—(dated) disregard smth.; consider smth. to be of little value:

  • The tendency of all lunacy is to set at naught first the optional and then the obligatory rules of conduct.