to little avail

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.
See also: avail, little

to little/no aˈvail

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