One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an action) be of no help at all to someone.‘this protest availed her nothing’
- ‘‘It withered my heart,’ he wrote in his diary, but his presence could avail her nothing now.’
- ‘I would suggest that his flying start to war has availed him nothing but the intensified scorn of the nation.’
- ‘I'm afraid that your skills, such as they are, will avail you nothing.’
- ‘Such rights may have availed us nothing, had the client run into financial difficulties.’
- ‘Climbing trees or diving into water will avail you nothing with a tiger.’
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