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to little purpose

Also, to no purpose . Of little or no use, in vain, as in Hiring a new lawyer will be to little purpose . The related phrases are sometimes combined in to little or no purpose and used as a general indicator of futility. To little purpose was first recorded in 1560. For a synonym, see to no avail ; also see to good purpose
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