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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 ?
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!
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.
But the move will help MGA max out the potential of Little Tikes, a name that has wide recognition.
It expressed itself in the doing of little things, and in doing them with a certain intention.
The concept of this black version of Little Italy originated in a $112,000 report commissioned by the council: "A Power-nomics Economic Development Plan for Detroit's Under-Served Majority Population.
A larger (8,000 square-foot) building was built in 1963, and in 1976, Wasmond's daughter, Shelley Lewis, took over as administrator of Little Angels.
Baby's First Moves includes bonus features that further extend the celebration of little ones on the go, including "Move with Me," a five-minute feature hosted by fitness instructor Michelle Dozois that encourages interactive play between mothers and children.
CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock is overseeing construction of both projects and also pulled the new construction permits for the site work and interior finish-out work at Fellowship Bible Church in west Little Rock.
But now the water is gin-clear, and modern dive boats ply the northwest shore of Little Cayman, anchoring at one of the dive sites marked by buoys.
This is a great day for all of Little Havana, as well as for public employees and middle-income individuals, for whom home ownership has been elusive during the run-up in real estate prices.
As Colletti set out on hiring his first manager, the steady hand and common sensibility of Little jumped out at him during the interview process.