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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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The persons volunteering to integrate their systems for availing reduced rate on future supplies and who fulfil conditions in rules can approach respective commissioners for approval.
Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Jul 15 ( ANI ): The Uttarakhand government on Sunday revoked its notification that had contained charges to be levied on availing helicopters during rescue operations at the time of disasters.
The Commission has fixed July 05, 2018 as the last date for availing the postal ballot paper facility.
It should be noted that there are some terms and conditions one needs to follow while availing the offer.
Drug surrenderors in Sapian town are now availing of livelihood assistance.
Summary: From today, several departments of the Sharjah Police will see an influx of motorists paying off traffic fines, as many will be availing of a new initiative which sees penalties slashed by 50 per cent.
Embassy Welfare Officer Dr Amellto Adel explained the procedures to be followed in availing of the amnesty, based on the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Manpower and from his consultations with concerned labour officials.
ISLAMABAD -- Availing the government's amnesty scheme for the closure of automatic audit, around 48,214 individuals deposited Rs1.04 billion until Jan 11 by paying penalties or higher taxes, Dawn has learnt through knowledgeable sources.
However, the embassy clarified that those who have police records and cases filed against them will have to resolve their cases first before availing themselves of the program.
Summary: Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], July 14 (ANI): Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority on Saturday issued a notification that stated the passengers would be charged availing helicopters during rescue operations at the time of disasters.
The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for availing crop insurance policies from the upcoming kharif sowing season.
In addition, availing of SMS services launched by KAHRAMAA to inform all citizens and residents customers about monthly consumption and whether the normal average of wasting is exceed or not.
Officials said they witnessed surge in the number of those availing tax amnesty scheme by virtue of advocacy by the RTO Multan.
With low credit card penetration and the lack of structured credit history, this large segment of the Indian population resorts to availing credit from informal sources at high interest rates.
The petitioners said other respondents including Sher Alam, Faisal Nawaz, Abdul Malik, Shahid Ali and Tayyab Ahmad also applied for the same post under the same despite the fact they were ineligible as they were availing themselves of fourth chance [to appear in the examination].