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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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This was the opportunity we desired, and Toby and I availed ourselves of it at once by stealing out of the canoe-house and plunging into the depths of an extensive grove that was in its rear.
We gladly availed ourselves of her proposal, when she invited us to stay with her until our child was born, and our plans for the future were arranged.
Rachel, in the tone of one who is comfortably sure that her prayers have availed much.
Life had developed in her a sense of humor which helped her over many difficulties; but as yet nothing had availed to steel her against a reference to her hair.
I gladly availed myself of such a respite, and followed her into a large and beautiful conservatory, plentifully furnished with flowers, considering the season - but, of course, I had little attention to spare for them.
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.
The Tax Court focused on whether the taxpayer permitted its earnings and profits (E&P) to accumulate beyond the reasonable needs of the business and whether the taxpayer was formed or availed of for the purpose of avoiding income tax with respect to its shareholders.
The employees obtain Umrah visa after the Hajj season so the maximum space in PIA flights can be availed by the employees before revenue paying passengers start travelling to Jeddah for Umrah.
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.
Arif Kamal, Consul General, who had actual entitlement of hiring a 3-bed room house, availed hiring facility with eight rooms.
Many of the celebrities who will be appearing at the Film Festival have availed themselves of the unique services provided by the Company in the past and it is anticipated that the entire fleet of luxury vehicles will be in service during the course of the festival.
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.