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to little avail

Having or with very little or no benefit, efficacy, or effect. We did our best to keep Sarah from finding out about her dad, but to little avail. All my protesting over the decision to fire Jeff was to little avail.
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of no avail

Of or having very little or no benefit, efficacy, or effect. We did our best to keep Sarah from finding out about her dad, but it was of no avail. I protested of no avail to keep Jeff in the company.
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of little avail

Of or having very little or no benefit, efficacy, or effect. We did our best to keep Sarah from finding out about her dad, but it was of little avail. I protested of little avail to keep Jeff in the company.
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avail (oneself) of

To utilize an available resource. I was so overwhelmed trying to get my house ready for the party that I availed myself of a local cleaning service. My dear students, I encourage you to avail yourself of the campus library as much as possible.
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to no avail

Having or with very little benefit, efficacy, or effect. We did our best to keep Sarah from finding out the party to no avail. All my protesting over the decision to fire Jeff was to no avail.
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avail oneself of something

to help oneself by making use of something that is available. We availed ourselves of Tom's goodwill and let him repair the fence. The campers availed themselves of the first chance in a week to take a shower.
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to no avail

 and of no avail
Cliché with no effect; unsuccessful. All of my efforts were to no avail. Everything I did to help was of no avail. Nothing worked.
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avail oneself of

1. Take advantage of, benefit by. For example, To get a better mortgage, he availed himself of the employee credit union. [Late 1500s]
2. Use, employ, as in I'll avail myself of the first cab to come along. [Mid-1800s]
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to no avail

Also, of little or no avail. Of no use or advantage, ineffective, as in All his shouting was to no avail; no one could hear him, or The life jacket was of little or no avail. This idiom uses avail in the sense of "advantage" or "assistance," a usage dating from the mid-1400s. Also see to little purpose.
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of little/no aˈvail

(formal) of little or no use: Your ability to argue is of little avail if you get your facts wrong.
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to little/no aˈvail

(formal) with little or no success: The doctors tried everything to keep him alive but to no avail.
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avail (oneself) of

To make use of.
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6-inch Laptop powered by Intel Core i7 processor, 6 GB Memory and 750 GB Hard Drive can be availed for $499.
It cited the cases of Metro Bank, the Philippine Banking Corporation, and the Asia International Auctioneers which availed themselves of the tax amnesty.
Estrada said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad should also check the records of his office to see who among the senators availed themselves of the additional P50 million after they voted to convict Corona.
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The court then considered whether the corporation was formed or availed of for the purpose of avoiding income tax with respect to its shareholders.
The case also provides valuable guidance on how to avoid the characterization that the corporation was formed or availed for the purpose of avoiding income tax with respect to its shareholders.
This balance can be availed for on-net calls, SMS to any network and for internet usage.
Based from the data of the Integrated Provincial Health Office, 25 availed of major operation, 44 for minor operation, 19 for ptyredium, 13 for cataract surgery, and 105 availed of free check-up including medicines.
Moreover, students belonging to Swat and Malakand who have already availed concession from any other institution are not eligible to avail concession under this scheme.
Users can avail an instant loan of INR 10 by dialing a short special number or sending an SMS, which can be availed when their balance drops below INR 10 and on subsequent recharging, the loan value that had been credited to the customer's account will be deducted along with a convenience fee.