to no avail

Definition of to no avail

  1. :  without success They tried to discuss the issue calmly, but to no avail.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to be of use or advantage :  serve

    :  to produce or result in as a benefit or advantage :  gain

  1. :  advantage toward attainment of a goal or purpose :  use

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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