bend over backwards


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bend over backwards

(to do something) Go to fall over backwards (to do something).
See also: backward, bend

bend over backwards (to do something) (for someone)

Fig. to work very hard to accomplish something for someone; to go out of one's way (to do something) (for someone). He will bend over backwards to help you. I bent over backwards for you, and you showed no thanks!
See also: backward, bend

bend over backwards

to try very hard lean over backwards We want your business and will bend over backwards to keep it.
Usage notes: usually used to describe efforts to help or please someone
Related vocabulary: fall all over yourself (to do something)
See also: backward, bend

bend/lean over backwards to do something

  (British, American & Australian) also fall over backwards to do something (Australian)
to try very hard to do something, especially to help or please someone else Banks are bending over backwards to help those in difficulties.
See know backwards
See also: backward, bend

bend over backwards

Also, lean over backwards. Exert oneself to the fullest extent, as in Dad bent over backwards so as not to embarrass Stasia's new boyfriend. This phrase transfers the gymnastic feat of a backbend to taking a great deal of trouble for someone or something. [c. 1920] Also see under fall all over.
See also: backward, bend
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GEORGE W Bush will clearly bend over backwards to win votes and follow his ex-president father into the White House.
Why should DPR continue to bend over backwards to meet the ever increasing demands of the CCC for a permit that should have been closed 20 years ago?