be of little or no avail

  • 1 avail — availingly, adv. /euh vayl /, v.t. 1. to be of use or value to; profit; advantage: All our efforts availed us little in trying to effect a change. v.i. 2. to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: His strength did not avail against the… …

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  • 2 avail — 1. The noun is used frequently in the somewhat literary phrases of no avail and to little/no avail, meaning ‘having little or no use or effective result’, and poses no problems. 2. There are also straightforward verb uses that are also slightly… …

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  • 3 Avail — A*vail , v. i. To be of use or advantage; to answer the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object; as, the plea in bar must avail, that is, be sufficient to defeat the suit; this scheme will not avail;… …

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  • 4 Avail — A*vail , n. 1. Profit; advantage toward success; benefit; value; as, labor, without economy, is of little avail. [1913 Webster] The avail of a deathbed repentance. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. pl. Proceeds; as, the avails of a sale by auction.… …

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  • 5 avail — ► VERB 1) (avail oneself of) use or take advantage of. 2) help or benefit. ► NOUN ▪ use or benefit: his protests were to little avail. ORIGIN Latin valere be strong, be of value …

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  • 6 avail — I n. (formal) aid 1) of little avail 2) to no avail II v. (formal) 1) intr. ( to help ) to avail against (nothing could avail against the enemy attack) 2) (d; refl.) ( to make use ) to avail of (she availed herself of the offer) * * * [ə veɪl]… …

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  • 7 avail — [[t]əve͟ɪl[/t]] avails, availing, availed 1) PHRASE: PHR after v, v link PHR If you do something to no avail or to little avail, what you do fails to achieve what you want. [WRITTEN] His efforts were to no avail... I apologized repeatedly, but to …

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  • 8 avail — a•vail [[t]əˈveɪl[/t]] v. t. 1) to be of use, advantage, or value to; profit: All our efforts availed us little[/ex] 2) to be of use; have force or efficacy; serve; help: Nothing you do will avail[/ex] 3) to be of value or profit 4) effective use …

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  • 9 avail — I. verb Etymology: Middle English, Anglo French availler, probably from a (from Latin ad ) + valer, valoir to be of worth, from Latin valēre more at wield Date: 14th century intransitive verb to be of use or advantage ; serve < our best efforts… …

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  • 10 of little avail — of little (or no) avail not very (or not at all) effective or successful Latin was of little avail in the practical affairs of life * * * of little/no aˈvail idiom (formal) of little or no use • Your ability to argue is of little avail if the …

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  • 11 to little avail — to little (or no) avail with little (or no) success or benefit he tried to get his work recognized, but to little avail …

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  • 12 to no avail — without any benefit or result. The boy pushed against the door to no avail something heavy was holding it shut. Usage notes: sometimes used in the phrase to little avail having almost no benefit or result: Security forces tried to disperse the… …

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  • 13 of no avail — to/of/no avail formal phrase without getting the effect you wanted or intended His words of encouragement were to no avail. Thesaurus: unsuccessfulsynonym …

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  • 14 to little avail — If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result …

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  • 15 (to) little avail — to little/no aˈvail idiom (formal) with little or no success • The doctors tried everything to keep him alive but to no avail. Main entry: ↑availidiom …

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  • 17 to little avail —    If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …

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  • 18 To little avail —   If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result …

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  • 19 (to) no avail — to little/no aˈvail idiom (formal) with little or no success • The doctors tried everything to keep him alive but to no avail. Main entry: ↑availidiom …

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