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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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Say encouraged the stranded and undocumented OFWs to avail of the extended amnesty program, since the Saudi government would launch their crackdown once the amnesty was lifted.
Women who are expecting and want to avail of the facility can register and book the package on the day and they can take benefit of special discounted rates for delivery along with 20 per cent off on laboratory tests and radiology.
"The personal loan against EOSB program allows customers in the medium and lower salary range, to avail personal loans to meet their financial requirements, by considering the EOSB amount as collateral against which the customer can take a loan.
Foreign persons claiming treaty-based exemptions must file a treaty-based return to avail themselves of the treaty benefit.
Windows 98/2000 Professional/Me/XP, Pentium 200MHz (300MHz rec.), 32MB for Windows 98 & Me (64MB rec.), 64MB for Windows 2000 & XP, 330MB avail, hard disk space, 4x CD-ROM drive min., SVGA, 16-bit min.
LAHORE -- Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Wednesday urged business community to avail Help Desk facility for Asset Declaration Scheme.
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Men working in the commission will be able to avail 10 days of leave to take care of their wives and newborns.
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