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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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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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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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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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References in classic literature ?
'Is anybody up there?' asked the farmer, catching sight of Little Klaus.
But it was all for the sake of Little Toomai, who had seen what never man had seen before--the dance of the elephants at night and alone in the heart of the Garo hills!
What was her surprise, on perceiving that there was not the slightest trace of so much labor!--no image at all!--no piled up heap of snow!--nothing whatever, save the prints of little footsteps around a vacant space!
But what became of little Gerda when Kay did not return?
Gerda kissed the roses, thought of her own dear roses at home, and with them of little Kay.
Talking on in this way, half in jest and half in earnest, and cheering up his mother, the children, and himself, by the one simple process of determining to be in a good humour, Kit led them briskly forward; and on the road home, he related what had passed at the Notary's house, and the purpose with which he had intruded on the solemnities of Little Bethel.
The setting of Little Gold is powerful and distinct.
With the extension, Canon will continue to serve as the Official Camera and Official Printer of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports program.
"Tales of Little Bear and Little Buffalo" is a collection of authentic family stories about two Choctaw-Chitimacha Indian boys who lived on Isle de Jean Charles near Houma, Louisiana, during the early 1900's, when traditional life was changing rapidly.
Warner Robins, GA, July 29, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Hughes Honda of Warner Robins, Ga., and Little League Baseball and Softball have reached an agreement that will make the dealership the official vehicle sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball's Southeastern Region.
While thousands of Little Leaguers have advanced to become Major League Baseball players, with some attaining induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Little League's purpose is to create good citizens first.
Menus offering Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi style foods can be found in the many restaurants of Little India.
Wilkerson, who expects a 10% to 12% increase in 2006, says 80% of Little Pie Co.
Custer's $5,000 policy was written on June 4, 1874--two years and 21 days before Custer would lead his troops to their deaths at the infamous Battle of Little Bighorn.
The third season of Little Britain recently aired on BBC America, and the second season was just released on DVD.