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of little (or no) avail

Definition of of little or no avail in English:

Not very (or not at all) effective or successful: Latin was of little avail in the practical affairs of life
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  • I was consulted by a young woman labouring under symptoms of diseased heart, and in whose case the application of the hand was of little avail on account of fatness.
  • It is evident that the many efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy in East Lancashire have been of little avail when the rate remains among the highest in the country.
  • Habits of thought and action formed this way are of little avail when we are confronted with tasks in which our social standing cannot influence the outcome of the act.
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