to no effect

to no effect

Achieving none of the desired result or impact. We warned them not to invest their money in such a foolish scheme, but to no effect.
See also: effect, no
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of/to no efˈfect

not having the result hoped for: Their warnings were of no effect.They tried to persuade him to change his mind, but to no effect.
See also: effect, no, of
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