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to little purpose

Also, to no purpose. Of little or no use, in vain, as in Hiring a new lawyer will be to little purpose. The related phrases are sometimes combined in to little or no purpose and used as a general indicator of futility. To little purpose was first recorded in 1560. For a synonym, see to no avail; also see to good purpose.
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As these people passed him standing still in the court-yard, and one of them turned back to inquire if he could assist him with his services, it came into Arthur Clennam's mind that he would speak to Little Dorrit again before he went away.
In the midst of this homage, Mr Arthur Clennam offered his arm to Little Dorrit, and Little Dorrit took it.
The court-yard received them at last, and there he said goodbye to Little Dorrit.
he would shout, and the big fight between Kala Nag and the wild elephant would sway to and fro across the Keddah, and the old elephant catchers would wipe the sweat out of their eyes, and find time to nod to Little Toomai wriggling with joy on the top of the posts.
Tend to him if he grows restless in the night," said Big Toomai to Little Toomai, and he went into the hut and slept.
Then, amid a burst of wild, sweet music, the Frost-King placed the Flower crown on his head, and knelt to little Violet; while far and near, over the broad green earth, sounded the voices of flowers, singing their thanks to the gentle Fairy, and the summer wind was laden with perfumes, which they sent as tokens of their gratitude; and wherever she went, old trees bent down to fold their slender branches round her, flowers laid their soft faces against her own, and whispered blessings; even the humble moss bent over the little feet, and kissed them as they passed.
The idea is to build an 'AfricaTown,' similar to Little Italy and Chinatown," explained Charles Oliver in a recent issue of Reason magazine, referring to a vote by Detroit City Council to spend $30 million a year in public money to develop a blacks-only, race-based district of entrepreneurship in downtown Detroit.
Spoke to Little Mrs Johnson, who told me about her little grandson.
The Little League Volunteer of the Year Award seeks to honor the more than 750,000 volunteers who generously contribute their time to Little League Baseball.
Nine grand prize winners will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to a participating HBCU institution as well as a trip to Little Rock where they will receive their scholarship during a special reception with Dr.
Drew spoke to Little about possibly staying in the game, but said he didn't want a repeat of an injury he suffered while playing with St.
To add to Little Palm Island's auspicious beginning to 1992, the resort has also been honored with a Four Diamond designation from the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 1992.
So what might seem like a curious day to sit Drew - after a night when he had two hits and the winning RBI to beat the Cubs and a day before a Dodgers day off - made perfect sense to Little.
A short flight on Cayman Airways takes you to Little Cayman.
But Little might have had the defining moment of his tenure this week, when left fielder Manny Ramirez came to Little and informed him he was healthy enough to return to the lineup.