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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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On Tuesday, the bank launched its first-of-its-kind home loan product, which offers a rebate for every million of housing loan availed of by the financial consumer.
The member can immediately avail of two Vista or Holiday Cottages, both good for two occupants; and a Gardenia or Camella Room, which is good for four occupants.
Members can also avail of 40% discounts on all deluxe rooms and 20% discounts on family cottages after availing of the complimentary offers.
A Vuulr spokesperson told APB: "As described in details within the MovieLabs Digital Distribution Framework (MDDF), EMA has crafted a cross-industry format specification for delivery of licensing avails specifying how and when content can be presented to consumers.
"This offers a standardised format for conveying avails information from a content licensor to an online platform, including identification of the title and relevant edits of the title, basic metadata to support a buying decision, identification of the licensor or studio, region and time information, and flexible business terms."
It also avails the students with opportunity to familiarize themselves with the available vacancies and training opportunities.
The establishments have been selected according to certain roles including the career and training opportunities availed by these establishments for the outcome of the University, as well as the quality of jobs that cover all disciplines at the University.
Accordingly, the Federal Circuit agrees with the Court of Federal Claims' conclusion that "[b]ecause Congress set forth those adjustments with specificity, the court must conclude, absent persuasive evidence to the contrary, that Congress intended no other adjustments to apply." Thus, the disallowance of the wage deduction for regular taxable income applies as long as the taxpayer avails itself of the targeted jobs credit, regardless of whether the taxpayer falls under the Sec.
280C(a) enters into the calculation of a taxpayer's AMTI when the taxpayer availed itself of the targeted jobs credit.
Muscat: Both nationals and expats working in the private sector in Oman are entitled to avail of sick leaves every service year, under the law.