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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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It is true, indeed, as regards the experiments which may conduce to this end, that one man is not equal to the task of making them all; but yet he can advantageously avail himself, in this work, of no hands besides his own, unless those of artisans, or parties of the same kind, whom he could pay, and whom the hope of gain (a means of great efficacy) might stimulate to accuracy in the performance of what was prescribed to them.
Though I knew she could not be in camp, I searched every square inch of the compound and all the buildings, yet without avail.
He has hitherto declined to avail himself of my assistance.
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OTCBB:XRYM), the media industry's leader in real-time negotiating technology, is proud to announce that the Company takes the next step to cover the complete media industry with live media avails by expanding its coverage of inventory available with over $30 million in newspaper inventory across America.
Dabney states, "To date we have accumulated advertising opportunities valued well over $275 million, comprised primarily of primetime television avails in the top DMA's across the United States.
iBROADCAST Avails Report data shows that more advertising supported streams are available in 2004 than ever before, and ads are even appearing inside subscriptions streams.
This solution will also provide multiple system operators (MSOs), broadcasters and other system operators with the ability to implement digital advertising insertion on a local and regional headend basis, thereby providing incremental revenue from the same inventory of ad avails, and supplemental revenue from each interactive digital commercial.
As a significant start, digital television advertising avails valued at over $11,000,000.
From there, the Spot Avails system faxes or emails their requests to the selected stations.
com) publishes the monthly reports iBroadcast Stream Report, iBroadcast Avails Report, iBroadcast Mobile Content Report, and numerous other annual streaming media reports with extensive market data and expert analysis.
The research report, Streaming Video Avails 2000-2005: Inventory History and Growth By Site, includes a detailed chronicle of streaming video advertising initiatives and formats across the sites with streaming advertising in 2005, coupled with a multi-year streaming video usage and trend analysis for each site.
With an increase of $15 million in media avails in over 500 major newspapers nationwide it pushes the category total for January 2005 over $45 million.
OTCBB:XRYM), the media industry's leader in real-time negotiating technology, is pleased to announce that it has secured in-flight magazine print avails valued at $1,000,000.
Increasingly, advertising agencies are requesting electronic avails to reduce the data entry burden.