Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(we've) got (nada/zip)

we've got nadawe've got zip
1) zero, nothing at all
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    • get nada/zip from someone
  • Analysis
    This is a very informal expression that originated in America, and as such you are not likely to hear it used amongst European speakers of English, unless in a sarcastic or humorous manner. It simply means that an action has resulted in a negative outcome or has produced nothing; or that you have no ideas about how to do something.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. James asked me to lend him some money, but I told him that I had none. Zip, nada. I was flat broke.
    2. The police interviewed all the suspects but got nada. No one was willing to talk.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. We were owed $50,000 by the company, but in the end, we got zip because they went out of business and the owner declared bankruptcy.
    2. I put in a huge order but we got zip because of a problem with the supply chain.
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