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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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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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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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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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References in classic literature ?
This again either does not happen, or, if it does, it will not be for your security, because that deliverance is of no avail which does not depend upon yourself; those only are reliable, certain, and durable that depend on yourself and your valour.
I have networked, self-assessed, and done everything else I know, to no avail, I am afraid that the huge gap on my resume will hurt me.
Job seekers often say they're "doing everything" to no avail, but they are usually just following the same plan of action that got them their first job.
Additionally, there have been several cases in which the taxpayers have attempted to argue, to no avail, that their use of push-down accounting for periods prior to January 1, 1994 was incorrectly disallowed.
A few of the fans who gathered around the ball begged the USGA rules official standing nearby to give Palmer a free drop - ``C'mon,'' one said, ``it's Arnie'' - but to no avail.