to little avail

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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to little/no aˈvail

(formal) with little or no success: The doctors tried everything to keep him alive but to no avail.
See also: avail, little, no
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We are told to wait till the capital goods being imported are installed for a boost in exports, but the same argument was made by the Musharraf regime when the current account deficit began to swell from 2004 onwards, to little avail.
Experts of various genres have contributed their two-pennys' worth but all to little avail.
Brentford made a double change to little avail, Jackson Irvine slotting home a third in the 75th minute.
With Greece still needing three goals, they made an attacking substitution just before the hour mark by introducing Kostas Fortounis and Giannis Gianniotas from the bench but it was to little avail.
The fact that the Blues were ineffective for large swathes of this game - rallying late but to little avail - has to be alarming for Ronald Koeman, who has made changes and issued thinly veiled threats that coasting towards a conclusion will not be tolerated.
That the Blues were ineffective for large swathes of this game, rallying late but to little avail, has to be alarming for Ronald Koeman who has made changes and issued thinly veiled threats that coasting towards a conclusion will not be tolerated.
The actor has admonished his fans to end the practice, but to little avail.
England's bowlers were inventive as well as disciplined, but to little avail on another surface favouring bat over ball so far.
After Bell then reprieved Hafeez, Cook ran through all his major bowling options to little avail.
Her mother tried her best to compensate for her husband's drunken violence, but to little avail.
Research into this problem so far has been mainly correlating indistinct emotional reactions to uncontrolled musical stimuli, with much technical sophistication but to little avail.
HARD WORKING: Veteran Patrick 'Bonner' Maher put in a big shift to little avail
was not only a long-time friend and colleague of Dupuis, but, as the case against Dupuis escalated, he gladly agreed to be Dupuis's official adviser/advocate before the CDF, to little avail.
I try to explain my position on helping the birds by encouraging them to help themselves, but to little avail.