to no avail

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of to no avail

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

Word by Word Definitions

avail play
  1. : to be of use or advantage : serve

  2. : 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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