He sat as still as a mouse, in the futile hope that whoever it was might go away after a single attempt.
Winston whined and grizzled, made futile demands for food, fretted about the room pulling everything out of place and kicking the wainscoting until the neighbours banged on the wall, while the younger child wailed intermittently.
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It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
Negotiations between the opposing parties are increasingly looking futile.