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to no avail

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But in vain he examined all the hedges and all the thickets; in vain he questioned everyone he met along the road.
Nothing could comfort him now; Hattersley's rough attempts at consolation were utterly in vain.
His son Haemon, to whom Antigone is betrothed, pleads in vain for her life and threatens to die with her.
Nor had I erred in my calculations -- nor had I endured in vain.
At first, on arriving at the door through which Mazarin had passed, D'Artagnan tried in vain to open it, but on the powerful shoulder of Porthos being applied to one of the panels, which gave way, D'Artagnan introduced the point of his sword between the bolt and the staple of the lock.
It was in vain that Cedric's cupbearer looked around for his young master he saw the bloody spot on which he had lately sunk down, but himself he saw no longer; it seemed as if the fairies had conveyed him from the spot.
He recognized the place where he had awaked by the bed of heather that was there; but it was in vain that he carried his torch all round the exterior surface of the grotto.
And yet those two gallons of water, expended in vain, would have sufficed for nine days' halt in the desert.
In vain I argued, coaxed, entreated, threatened, scolded; in vain I kept her in from play, or, if obliged to take her out, refused to play with her, or to speak kindly or have anything to do with her; in vain I tried to set before her the advantages of doing as she was bid, and being loved, and kindly treated in consequence, and the disadvantages of persisting in her absurd perversity.
One would have looked in vain for the ruin; it was no longer there; neither was the log cabin.