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.
|a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
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