vein vs vain

vein vain

Definitions

  • 1) anatomy A blood vessel that transports blood from the capillaries back to the heart
  • 2) A topic of discussion
  • 3) zoology The nervure of an insect’s wing
  • 4) A stripe or streak of a different colour or composition in materials such as wood, cheese, marble or other rocks
  • 5) A style, tendency, or quality of something
  • 6) botany In leaves, a thickened portion of the leaf containing the vascular bundle
  • 7) The entrails of a shrimp
  • 8) Geology A regularly shaped and lengthy occurrence of an ore; a lode.
  • 9) A fissure, crack, or cleft.
  • 10) A particular turn of mind.
  • 11) A long wavy strip of a different shade or color, as in wood or marble, or as mold in cheese.
  • 12) A transient attitude or mood.
  • 13) Zoology One of the thickened cuticular ribs that form the supporting network of the wing of an insect and that often carry hemolymph.
  • 14) A blood vessel of any kind; a vein or artery.
  • 15) Anatomy Any of the membranous tubes that form a branching system and carry blood to the heart from the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
  • 16) Botany One of the strands of vascular tissue that form the conducting and supporting framework in a leaf or other expanded plant organ.
  • 17) A pervading character or quality; a streak.
  • 18) (Anat.) One of the vessels which carry blood, either venous or arterial, to the heart. See artery, 2.
  • 19) A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.
  • 20) (Geol. or Mining) A narrow mass of rock intersecting other rocks, and filling inclined or vertical fissures not corresponding with the stratification; a lode; a dike; -- often limited, in the language of miners, to a mineral vein or lode, that is, to a vein which contains useful minerals or ores.
  • 21) A streak or wave of different color, appearing in wood, and in marble and other stones; variegation.
  • 22) (Zoöl.) One of the ribs or nervures of the wings of insects. See Venation.
  • 23) Peculiar temper or temperament; tendency or turn of mind; a particular disposition or cast of genius; humor; strain; quality; also, manner of speech or action.
  • 24) A train of associations, thoughts, emotions, or the like; a current; a course.
  • 25) (Bot.) One of the similar branches of the framework of a leaf.
  • 26) one of the horny ribs that stiffen and support the wing of an insect
  • 27) a distinctive style or manner
  • 28) any of the vascular bundles or ribs that form the branching framework of conducting and supporting tissues in a leaf or other plant organ
  • 29) a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart
  • 30) a layer of ore between layers of rock
  • 31) Manner of speech or action; particular style, character, disposition, or cast of mind.
  • 32) In anatomy, one of a set of blood-vessels conveying blood from the periphery to the physiological center of the circulation; one of a set of membranous canals or tubes distributed in nearly all the tissues and organs of the body, for the purpose of carrying blood from these parts to the heart.
  • 33) A cavity, fissure, or cleft, as in the earth or other substance.
  • 34) In mining, an occurrence of ore. usually disseminated through a gangue or veinstone, and having a more or less regular development in length, width, and depth.
  • 35) In entomology, one of the ribs or horny tubes which form the frame work of the wings of an insect, and between which the thin membrane of the wings is spread and supported; a nervure.
  • 36) In botany, a fibrovascular bundle at or near the surface of a leaf, sepal, petal, etc.: same as nerve, 7. See nervation.
  • 37) A streak; a part of anything marked off from the rest by some distinctive character; hence, a distinct property or characteristic considered as running through or being intermingled with others; a continued strain.
  • 38) Particular mood, temper, humor, or disposition for the time being.
  • 39) A streak, stripe, or marking, of different color or shade, as in natural marble or wood cut so as to show the grain, or glass in which different colors have been melted irregularly. The term is applied either to a long and nearly regular stripe, or to a much broken and contorted one, returning upon itself. Also called veining.
  • 40) Loosely, any blood-vessel.
  • 41) make a veinlike pattern
  • 42) To supply or fill with veins.
  • 43) To mark or decorate with veins.
  • 44) To form or mark with veins; to fill or cover with veins.

Definitions

  • 1) Vanity; emptiness; -- now used only in the phrase in vain.
  • 2) [Obs.] See In vain.
  • 3) to use the name of God with levity or profaneness.
  • 4) to no purpose; without effect; ineffectually.
  • 5) overly proud of oneself, especially when concerning appearance
  • 6) effecting no purpose; pointless, futile.
  • 7) having very little substance
  • 8) Lacking substance or worth.
  • 9) Archaic Foolish.
  • 10) Not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless.
  • 11) Having or showing excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.
  • 12) Having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying.
  • 13) Proud of petty things, or of trifling attainments; having a high opinion of one's own accomplishments with slight reason; conceited; puffed up; inflated.
  • 14) Destitute of force or efficacy; effecting no purpose; fruitless; ineffectual.
  • 15) Showy; ostentatious.
  • 16) unproductive of success
  • 17) characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • 18) Seeegotism.
  • 19) Bootless,abortive.
  • 20) (in vain) To no avail; without success.
  • 21) (in vain) In an irreverent or disrespectful manner.

Examples

  • 1) They also help if the veins ache or cause swollen ankles.
  • 2) We would love to hit a rich vein of form and blow teams away.
  • 3) She had sun damage and thread veins caused by decades of sunbathing.
  • 4) Those vessels that carry blood from other organs towards the heart are called veins.
  • 5) There were others in a similar vein.
  • 6) There was blood in the veins of the body politic and on the floor.
  • 7) The striker is in a rich vein of form with five goals in eight games.
  • 8) So it opens up a whole new set of varicose veins.
  • 9) The fly half needs to play with fire in his belly and cold blood in his veins.
  • 10) The second half began in a similar vein.
  • 11) This may lead to problems such as deep vein thrombosis which are more likely the older you get.
  • 12) Her daft garb was so uncomfortable it brought on the early stages of the potentially deadly deep vein thrombosis.
  • 13) There's a rich vein of humour too.
  • 14) When the Press discover a rich vein they naturally exhaust it.
  • 15) We hear many tales of goalscorers being in a rich vein where they hit the back of the net with almost monotonous regularity.
  • 16) Beneath the loose skin on the back of her hand, the veins twisted like thin, blue worms.
  • 17) A small length of vein or artery is taken from elsewhere in the body and grafted on to the cardiac artery, bypassing the blocked section.
  • 18) So calling Viet Nam War deaths in vein is a very loaded signal.
  • 19) In a similar vein is Friends on Fire, a Facebook app for Yahoo's awesome Fire Eagle to share your REALTIME location (smart privacy features) with your friends.
  • 20) In the same vein is the slightly older Push: New Thinking About Roleplaying.
  • 21) Grant Avenue is the district's main vein, but the adjacent streets and alleys abound with history and culture.
  • 22) The suggestion that it continues almost immediately from the end of Casino Royale, and in much the same vein, is all the advertising most movie fans will need.
  • 23) Another artist worthy of consideration in this same vein is Otto Wagner (1841-1918), whose glass work in the Art Nouveau church of St. Leopold am Steinhof in Vienna has to be amongst some of the most widely known.
  • 24) In the same genre but a somewhat different vein is Roger Sessions's little book "The Musical Experience of Composer, Performer, Listener" (1950).
  • 25) In fact, it's even less important than using GOD'S name in vein .......
  • 26) In the same genre but a somewhat different vein is Roger Sessions's "The Musical Experience of Composer, Performer, Listener" (1950).
  • 27) Another novel in this same vein is To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.
  • 28) ‘This puts the full weight of your uterus on your back and on the major vein that carries blood between your lower body and heart.’
  • 29) ‘The veins around the anus drain into larger veins that carry the blood through the liver and up to the heart.’
  • 30) ‘Such a clot will move to the heart along the main vein of the body, the inferior vena cava.’
  • 31) ‘The veins merge to carry blood to the inferior vena cava.’
  • 32) ‘The inferior thyroid, and intercostal bronchial, gastric, and phrenic veins provide venous drainage.’
  • 33) ‘The pulmonary veins are big veins that come from the lungs and take the blood from the lungs back into the heart.’
  • 34) ‘When people are resting supine, the return of blood along the veins to the heart is largely a passive process.’
  • 35) ‘The renal vein, renal pelvis, and ureter were free of tumor.’
  • 36) ‘An aortogram shows opacification of pulmonary arteries, veins and right atrium as well as the aorta.’
  • 37) ‘Tumor infiltration of leptomeningeal veins, cranial nerves, and spinal roots was also noted.’
  • 38) ‘They happen when the valves in the veins become weak or break, allowing blood to collect in the veins instead of being carried up to the heart.’
  • 39) ‘Just behind the mitral valve, there is a vein called the coronary sinus, a large vein in the heart that normally drains all of the blood from the coronary arteries.’
  • 40) ‘If the embolus is in a vein, the tube system widens along the direction of the blood flow, so a small embolus doesn't do much harm until it gets through the heart (after which it enters an artery).’
  • 41) ‘Blood from all parts of the body returns through veins to the right atrium (grey arrows).’
  • 42) ‘The larvae enter the veins of the portal system and are carried to the liver.’
  • 43) ‘The renal and testicular veins show many irregularities when the left inferior vena cava persists.’
  • 44) ‘The renal capsule, ureter, renal veins, and adrenal gland were free of tumor.’
  • 45) ‘Rarely the tumor may involve the renal vein, vena cava, and extrarenal soft tissues.’
  • 46) ‘It is rare to find a simple right lymphatic duct that enters directly into the junction of the internal jugular and subclavian veins.’
  • 47) ‘The thoracic duct was identified, lying between the right azygous vein and the descending aorta just in front of the spine.’
  • 48) ‘In the preparation, how hard was it to figure out which blood vessels, which veins, belong to which of the twins?’
  • 49) ‘The General's veins started to pulse faster, and more violently.’
  • 50) ‘The tumor that you see here is my own blood vessels, my own veins, all swollen and tangled, engorged, and mixed together that bulge out like this.’
  • 51) ‘I'm sure he's also a nice man but beyond that, well, his demeanour and golf game are not exactly designed to send the blood coursing through the veins.’
  • 52) ‘Then, ‘we have songs coursing through our veins and blood and daily lives.’’
  • 53) ‘But when the adrenaline is pumping to your brain, the hot, sticky blood coursing through your veins, who could resist?’
  • 54) ‘As his name suggests, if you go back three or four generations, Dundee has both Scottish and Irish blood coursing through his veins.’
  • 55) ‘Surgery involves a day in hospital, a general anaesthetic and a series of incisions through which the veins are removed from the leg.’
  • 56) ‘Like all Hudson's best films, My Life So Far has Scottish blood coursing through its veins.’
  • 57) ‘Although that could be a symptom of the general laziness that was running through my veins today.’
  • 58) ‘Me, I just wanted to thank him for having a pulse, for the blood coursing through his veins and into mine.’
  • 59) ‘The medical team has been rehearsing the operation using life-size models which not only replicate the babies blood vessels, but show their veins.’
  • 60) ‘They also boost the strength of the skin's small artery walls, helping to reduce the appearance of broken veins.’
  • 61) ‘I don't have any evidence, but it seems that many types of humor may in fact generally anger him to the point of bursting a vein or two.’
  • 62) ‘My hold on the blood in her veins, heart, body and mind is too powerful for her to fight; my will is stronger than hers, and I will always be able to bend her to it.’
  • 63) ‘Unfortunately, none of these will fix or eliminate the damaged veins that hinder proper circulation of blood through the body.’
  • 64) ‘True love, it seems, has a nourishing effect; it performs a similar function to the veins which carry enriching blood around the body.’
  • 65) ‘My body absorbed that ability as well; my veins are internally hardened against acids.’
  • 66) ‘I felt his lips at my vein, then his teeth, and all I could do was cry.’
  • 67) ‘Now finally alone in the bathroom of the inn, I look down at my hands, at the veins running under the skin.’
  • 68) ‘Expression was also detected in vascular tissues, leaf veins, siliques, and in pollen sacs.’
  • 69) ‘Nutrients are transported from the roots to the leaves inside the veins in the xylem.’
  • 70) ‘Most plants have leaves with veins that fork outward from a central midrib.’
  • 71) ‘One leaf disc with known area was detached from each leaf, avoiding major veins and the midrib.’
  • 72) ‘Leaves (including leaf veins and petioles) were dried at 70°C and ground into a fine powder.’
  • 73) ‘Expression was also detected in stamens, in cotyledons, and in major veins of some mature leaves.’
  • 74) ‘Iron deficiency is characterized by an interveinal chlorosis of young leaves while the veins remain green.’
  • 75) ‘Long hairs are situated on veins and glandular trichomes occur both on the leaf surface and veins.’
  • 76) ‘Unlike roots or branches, the veins of the leaves are uninsulated; the water would freeze in the cells and burst.’
  • 77) ‘The thickness of transverse sections of leaf blades was determined at small veins for three leaves of each treatment.’
  • 78) ‘Each wall in each alcove had detailed plants and flowers, each plant's leaf had carefully carved veins.’
  • 79) ‘Leaf veins branch like a roadmap beneath her tiny body.’
  • 80) ‘Plants show similar repetitive structures in, for example, the veins on a leaf or a tree's branching limbs.’
  • 81) ‘It is worse among leaves with prominent veins where small air channels may form between the gasket and the sides of the vein.’
  • 82) ‘The leaves of the plant are rough from numerous stiff hairs while the veins of the leaf have a blackish tinge that produces a characteristic shadowy complexion to the foliage.’
  • 83) ‘One could see the veins in the leaves, the tiny thorns on the stem… it was entirely transparent.’
  • 84) ‘Details like the veins in the leaves or the contrast between petals are emphasized.’
  • 85) ‘When leaves turn yellow while veins remain green, it's a sign of chlorosis, a condition caused by an iron deficiency in the soil.’
  • 86) ‘The most conspicuous symptom is coloration between the main veins of the leaf, which becomes particularly noticeable around veraison.’
  • 87) ‘Magnesium deficiency in the soil may be one reason your tomato leaves yellow between the leaf veins late in the season and fruit production slows down.’
  • 88) ‘The periodical cicada has protruding red eyes and orange legs; adults have clear wings with orange veins.’
  • 89) ‘At an age of about 10 weeks we took a blood sample of 10 l from the brachial vein in the wing.’
  • 90) ‘The fore and hind wings were similar, with the R vein was bent back at the base in the fore-wings, less so in the hind wings.’
  • 91) ‘The wings disappeared and veins showed through its skin.’
  • 92) ‘Blood used for counts of blood parasites was obtained by puncturing a wing vein with a small syringe tip.’
  • 93) ‘Again, this character is curiously labeled because veins cannot traverse across the posterior wing margin in insects.’
  • 94) ‘The flesh in between the second and third wing veins had been entirely burnt away, leaving a charred hole where the main driving force should come from.’
  • 95) ‘He beat his wing veins again, his scarlet eyes burning brightly from out his metal skull plating.’
  • 96) ‘The light, bright green of this insect extends to its four wings, delicate membranes stretched between a network of veins.’
  • 97) ‘The kni locus, while important for the establishment of several wing veins, has not been known to play a role in eye development.’
  • 98) ‘The measurements were consistently made from the same point of the junction of the wing veins.’
  • 99) ‘The unique wing is a three-dimensional impression with brown-colored veins and pigmentation.’
  • 100) ‘You can tell it's a ‘she’ by the relatively thick wing veins and the lack of a pouch-like swelling on a vein on the hindwing.’
  • 101) ‘The anterior wing margin, delimited by the L1 wing vein, is composed of a triple row of sensory bristles.’
  • 102) ‘Six have previously known effects on wing veins, wing bristles, or wing posture, but none were known to affect wing shape.’
  • 103) ‘Quartz is the dominant mineral in veins in siliceous rocks, calcite in limestones, and gypsum in gypsiferous sediments.’
  • 104) ‘The order of deposition for the main vein minerals typically is dolomite, barite, and quartz.’
  • 105) ‘Quartz and sphalerite occur in vugs and veins in the chert nodules.’
  • 106) ‘The principal sulfide minerals in these deep veins are identical to those in the main orebody.’
  • 107) ‘The ultramafic and mafic intrusive rocks are cut by very few quartz veins and have not been found to host beryl or emerald.’
  • 108) ‘Hydrothermal fluids circulate through rock to leach small amounts of gold from large volumes of rock and then deposit it in fractures to form veins.’
  • 109) ‘These features include veins, fold-related fractures, cleavage and cleavage/bedding intersections.’
  • 110) ‘At first sight the most remarkable mineral of the vein is villiaumite.’
  • 111) ‘They were deposited by a hydrothermal vein cutting granite, which was later eroded exposing surface ore.’
  • 112) ‘There are two kinds of tungsten deposits: wolframite in quartz veins and in scheelite skarn.’
  • 113) ‘Zeolite veins appear to be later than prehnite veins, and calcite is the last mineral to form veins in the dyke samples.’
  • 114) ‘The liquid sulfur penetrates cracks and veins in the surrounding rock, where it eventually solidifies.’
  • 115) ‘West of the town is a volcanic hill, only a few hundred meters high, that contained extensive silver veins.’
  • 116) ‘Copper also filled voids and occurred in thin fissure veins that cut the lodes.’
  • 117) ‘Hushing, for example was the technique of using water to wash away the soil and surface debris to reveal the vein of mineral below and it was used extensively in the Dales.’
  • 118) ‘Gold occurs in quartz veins with chalcopyrite, galena, pyrite, and sphalerite.’
  • 119) ‘Injected into the granite are veins of quartz with green fluorite, which are the source of the amethyst.’
  • 120) ‘The granite rocks of the glacial valley contain quartz veins of silver, lead and zinc and at one time there were over 2 000 miners toiling there.’
  • 121) ‘The principal vein is the mother lode, now a figure of speech as well as the name of one of the most famous deposits of the Californian Gold Rush.’
  • 122) ‘The calcite acts as a mask, obscuring the gold-bearing veins from the predominate ones that contain nothing.’
  • 123) ‘Blue cheese is a white cheese with blue veins and a sometimes crumbly interior.’
  • 124) ‘The floor was a stunning green marble with veins of vivid gold, dotted with massive pillars of white marble that supported a soaring dome ceiling.’
  • 125) ‘Irregular veins of white streaked across the forms, adding an almost eerie flare to the smooth stone.’
  • 126) ‘He opened them again and concentrated and caused veins of colours from red to purple and white to black dance across the sphere.’
  • 127) ‘He sighed, and traced a vein in the table wood before answering, and it was obvious this came hard for him.’
  • 128) ‘Unfortunately I didn't watch it, so that's a rich vein of source material for this blog down the drain.’
  • 129) ‘Well, I think he tapped into a vein of discontent among the American people.’
  • 130) ‘It's been argued by aficionados that within Leonard Cohen's melancholic work is a thick vein of comedy.’
  • 131) ‘Songs like ‘I Have Forgiven Jesus’ mine a deep vein of self-loathing that, poignant in his younger self, seems more troubling in a man in his forties.’
  • 132) ‘For these operas, Wagner mined the same vein of Nordic myth that J.R.R. Tolkien used a century later for his own Ring epic.’
  • 133) ‘In a similar vein, transparent quality testing and other compare-with-reality tests can help keep opinions grounded.’
  • 134) ‘In a similar vein one can't help thinking most people would be better off forgetting about lifestyles and getting a life.’
  • 135) ‘The ads display black and white photos of the party's Legco candidates taken from a video portraying its members in a similar vein to the fictional presidential cabinet in the TV series.’
  • 136) ‘There's a really interesting post in a similar vein on confusedkid.com too.’
  • 137) ‘It was in a similar vein to the ‘Dear Bill’ letters.’
  • 138) ‘Not necessarily as instantly watchable as the now-infamous ‘Wife Swap’, but still in a similar vein of fish-out-of-water scenarios.’
  • 139) ‘In a similar vein, it is worth asking whether companies really are acting responsibly in withdrawing their investments from developing economies with corrupt governments.’
  • 140) ‘A while back we mentioned what was going on with the other London Bridge and in a similar vein we also like keep an eye on developments in Londons that find themselves flung far away from this, their namesake.’
  • 141) ‘In a similar vein, while the weather was good news for some attractions - both paid-for and free - others were badly hit as both visitors and Scots headed outdoors.’
  • 142) ‘Young For Eternity follows in a similar vein, crashing thrashing guitars and has us bouncing around the room looking for the nearest tennis racket, or failing that a decent sized mosh pit.’
  • 143) ‘Hank Ketcham's Dennis the Menace was getting popular as a newspaper strip and in comic books so they asked Mayer to come up with something in a similar vein.’
  • 144) ‘While arguing a case, the Advocate General, in a lighter vein, said that if income tax defaulters are detained under the Goondas Act, most of his friends would be inside prison.’
  • 145) ‘Barber contented himself to work in general a rather conservative vein, which owes a lot to Brahms's choral music.’
  • 146) ‘In this vein, General Motors has adopted podcasting to promote several of their product lines.’
  • 147) ‘Cautious balanced funds in this vein generally outperform zero-risk savings or investments by a significant 2 or 3 per cent.’
  • 148) ‘He spoke in similar vein to a meeting of generals on 30 March 1941, when, according to the abbreviated record of General Halder, Hitler said.’
  • 149) ‘In the same vein as concrete support, fathers responded to the question about help or support they had received by talking about the child care the program offered.’
  • 150) ‘In a different vein Abu Tammam wrote most of his verses about historical events.’
  • 151) ‘In a slightly different vein, the poems also propose an invisibly humble layperson's version of an engaged Zen Buddhist life.’
  • 152) ‘His most characteristic paintings are in an extremely uninhibited and agitated Expressionist vein, with strident colours and violent brushwork applied with very thick impasto.’

Examples

  • 1) That should also be a vain hope.
  • 2) The Year 9 pupil was taken to hospital where doctors spent four days battling in vain to save him.
  • 3) We hug the coastline in a vain attempt to seek shelter from the wind.
  • 4) Please do not allow him to die in vain.
  • 5) Vets tried in vain to save two others.
  • 6) When they finally realise such efforts are in vain they fulfil them by rote through gritted teeth.
  • 7) Miles will not have died in vain.
  • 8) Residents said his brother was screaming hysterically as paramedics fought in vain to save him.
  • 9) He had also removed the radio and batteries from the aircraft in a vain attempt to call for help.
  • 10) Other companies will have to act on costs after months of hanging on in the vain hope of a revival.
  • 11) Taking the family name in vain?
  • 12) He was paralysed all down one side, which is awful for a man who is vain.
  • 13) That's what happens when you use my name in vain.
  • 14) One looks in vain for the comedian's classic sad childhood.
  • 15) For a man so vain about his face, why is he content to flaunt his wrinkly torso and pot belly?
  • 16) Are you vain and shallow?
  • 17) They just think you're vain and self-obsessed.
  • 18) Indeed, he's so vain he might think this sketch is about him.
  • 19) _Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain_.
  • 20) For people that claim to know God I hope you know that taking the name of God in vain is sin.
  • 21) So quoting the taking of the Lord's name in vain is okay in movie reviews, but hell is off-limits.
  • 22) GAH!!!! to many tildas, for the love of christ (thats not taking it in vain is it?), why … ..
  • 23) Finishing the mission so our troops will not have died in vain is the most screwed up thing I have ever heard.
  • 24) Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions.
  • 25) "If, as it must be, what I have said, 'in vain,' is really the fact"
  • 26) Jesus shall come to effect, by His presence (Isa 11: 4; Da 7: 17), that which in vain is looked for, in His absence, by other means.
  • 27) ‘A man should be clean and confident in his appearance, but not vain or pretentious.’
  • 28) ‘This archbishop has, in my opinion, been a vain and self-aggrandising man throughout.’
  • 29) ‘She was the most arrogant, vain, self centred person I'd ever met.’
  • 30) ‘She's a shallow, vain, self-centered woman who is going to crash and burn at a very early age.’
  • 31) ‘Few people can stand constant praise without becoming vain and self-centered.’
  • 32) ‘He was vain, egotistical, boorish and gloriously insensitive.’
  • 33) ‘Unlike a lot of more vain, self-regarding actors, she finds it impossible to conceal her vulnerability.’
  • 34) ‘And she was vain, always very concerned about her appearance.’
  • 35) ‘They all agree he is arrogant and selfish and vain.’
  • 36) ‘She hated herself for being so vain and conceited.’
  • 37) ‘Possessive, vain and self-absorbed, she stifled him until, he said, he could no longer stand women.’
  • 38) ‘He didn't look like he was bothered by all the attention, but he wasn't vain or self-centered either.’
  • 39) ‘Aside from being a known womanizer, he was known to be a very vain and arrogant man.’
  • 40) ‘Elizabeth, vain and proud about her legendary beauty, was convinced she'd found the secret of youth.’
  • 41) ‘He was so vain, he would change his clothes three times a day.’
  • 42) ‘And don't be too vain to ask for help along the way.’
  • 43) ‘Actually, I'm not being quite as vain as it may seem.’
  • 44) ‘Looking back now I can really see I was a very vain person.’
  • 45) ‘Not to sound vain, but I looked really hot.’
  • 46) ‘When you're young you just cannot imagine a universe without yourself because you are so vain.’
  • 47) ‘He was yelling and crying, reaching out desperately and uselessly past the restraining arms in a vain attempt to bring his friend back.’
  • 48) ‘There is irritating piped music, a vain attempt to drown out the background wind-pocket moan of the ventilation/heating system and generate some atmosphere perhaps.’
  • 49) ‘We took to channel hopping in the vain hope that something remotely interesting would catch our attention.’
  • 50) ‘From what I could gather, he was being sent around to cold-call upon the local residents in a vain attempt to convert them to the service of his electricity utility provider.’
  • 51) ‘So this afternoon will see me making another disconsolate tour of the shops, in the vain hope of finding a pair of shoes that is both elegant and comfortable.’
  • 52) ‘As I stood outside the store, battered by the merciless, penetrating wind, I was reminded of days when I'd wear two pairs of pyjamas under my uniform in a vain attempt to keep warm.’
  • 53) ‘She secretly changed her name three years after being jailed for life, in the vain hope that she would be able to begin a new life outside prison.’
  • 54) ‘I walked up and down Tottenhan Court Road with Mark at lunchtime in a vain attempt to stave off unconsciousness.’
  • 55) ‘The way he's overcome adversity has been a real inspiration - and in a vain attempt to copy him I'm following his training programme as I prepare for my first duathlon.’
  • 56) ‘A couple of Italian wine bottles and maps of the Old Country had been scattered over the walls in a vain attempt to give the place, formerly a steak restaurant, a Mediterranean feel.’
  • 57) ‘A surfer who braved 20 ft waves in a vain attempt to help rescue a mother and her children from seas off Scarborough said yesterday there was no safety equipment in the area.’
  • 58) ‘Many of us seem to entertain the vain hope that ignorance will confer innocence, that by denying the consequences of our complicity, it will be as if it never happened.’
  • 59) ‘Deregulation has meant that for once anyone waiting for a cab during the Christmas period will not have to spend a bone-rattling hour or so in the vain hope a taxi will come by.’
  • 60) ‘I like to support movies like this in the perhaps vain hope that they will do well and the studios will make more of them.’
  • 61) ‘The interviewer, in a vain attempt to give St Clair another opportunity to repair the damage done by his earlier answer, rephrased the question.’
  • 62) ‘The game has always been controlled by wealthy people, often successful local businessmen who fritter away their fortunes on the vain hope of glory for their team.’
  • 63) ‘I took several deep breaths in a very vain attempt to calm myself.’
  • 64) ‘Many even stayed in the vain hope of catching a glimpse of their idol.’
  • 65) ‘The scream carried a vain hope that someone would do something to intervene.’
  • 66) ‘They fought off their own hidden preferences and opinions in a vain struggle to be identical with everyone else; to ‘fit’.’
  • 67) ‘It's not a vain boast on the evidence of this season.’
  • 68) ‘This turn of events, this sad return after so many vain boasts, would have made a shamed recluse out of a normal human being.’
  • 69) ‘By and large I'm all for the right to speak your mind and give your opinion as long as it's of worth and not just some vain criticism thrown out for the sake of it.’
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