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  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • 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) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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 …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • (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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • of little avail — of little use, of little advantage; of little profit …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • 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]… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • 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 …   English dictionary

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