She wasn't vain enough to think that turned him to drinking, though.
He tried in vain to stop the water flow.
Martha looked bewildered as she tried in vain to quiet Claire.
Martha was more than willing to let anyone respond to her daughter's needs while she tried in vain to shake a world class hangover.
We drove home with Betsy trying in vain to calm Molly down, telling her we weren't in any danger.
He was a truly vain individual.
She tugged at his collar and he tried in vain to rise.
Once, in a rare instance of candor, she'd admitted to Dean she considered a nose job but rejected the idea on the basis that either people would think her vain, or it would so alter her appearance as to make her unrecognizable.
Dean and Andy Sackler spent the rest of the day trying in vain to chase down the final movements of the late Mr. Homer Flanders before the Colombians enlarged his grin.
Checking the record, her face grew warm on discovery that Alex had once again tried in vain to reach her.
The evening was strangely silent and as she paused with her hand at the door, she listened in vain for sounds within.
He attempted in vain to secure the election of his grandson Charles.
The old Cartesians, Jean Jacques Dortous de Mairan (1678-1771) and especially Fontenelle, with his Theorie des tourbillons (1752), struggled in vain to refute Newton by styling attraction an occult quality.
Robert claimed in vain the right to crown the German king Otto I.
Heracles pleaded in vain with Creon for Haemon, who slew both Antigone and himself, to escape his father's vengeance.
In 1778, when General Thomas Goddard made his bold march across India, the state of Bhopal was the only Indian power that showed itself friendly; and in 1809 when another British expedition under General Close appeared in the same parts, the nawab of Bhopal petitioned earnestly but in vain to be received under British protection.
The child tried in vain to keep up.
We are not vain in the Valley of Voe, because we can not display our beauty, and good actions and pleasant ways are what make us lovely to our companions.
As I talked, happy thoughts fluttered up out of my words that might perhaps have struggled in vain to escape my fingers.
How well I know each line in that majestic brow--tracks of life and bitter evidences of struggle and sorrow; those sightless eyes seeking, even in the cold plaster, for the light and the blue skies of his beloved Hellas, but seeking in vain; that beautiful mouth, firm and true and tender.
In vain the inspiring sea shouts to this languid soul, in vain the heavens strive with its weakness; it still persists in regretting and seeks a refuge in oblivion from the pangs of present woe.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.
It is not in vain that the farmer remembers and repeats the few Latin words which he has heard.
As I was paddling along the north shore one very calm October afternoon, for such days especially they settle on to the lakes, like the milkweed down, having looked in vain over the pond for a loon, suddenly one, sailing out from the shore toward the middle a few rods in front of me, set up his wild laugh and betrayed himself.
Others have gone down from the village with a "fifty-six" and a wagon load of inch rope, but yet have failed to find any bottom; for while the "fifty-six" was resting by the way, they were paying out the rope in the vain attempt to fathom their truly immeasurable capacity for marvellousness.
He looked intently and inquiringly into his friend's eyes, evidently trying in vain to find the answer to some question.
Not in vain had Berg shown everybody his right hand wounded at Austerlitz and held a perfectly unnecessary sword in his left.
They were not alarmed by the fact that Moscow had been abandoned by its inhabitants (grave as that fact seemed), but by the question how to tell the Emperor--without putting him in the terrible position of appearing ridiculous--that he had been awaiting the boyars so long in vain: that there were drunken mobs left in Moscow but no one else.
And just at this time he obtained the tranquillity and ease of mind he had formerly striven in vain to reach.