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do (one's) darnedest

To put forth the utmost amount of energy or effort toward some task or goal. A more polite version of "do one's damnedest." Money is a little tight at the moment, but I'll do my darnedest to be there for your wedding.
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Sparky Anderson summed it up best, saying, "It was the darnedest thing I've ever seen.
Having more money than you know how to spend isn't a cardinal sin--even when you try your darnedest to spend it on "the largest private residence in America," which the Siegels envisioned as a Vegas variation of the French palace, Versailles.
BACK IN 2009, I WROTE Healthcare Deform, in which I tried my darnedest to stay out of the Obamacare debate.
At Kilworthy tomorrow she has at least three rides, and while other women are expected to overhaul her for the title, she says: "I'll be trying my darnedest to get as many winners as possible.
She's always doing her darnedest to do her job and do it right.
It doesn't mean we can solve everything but we know who the players are and we'll do our darnedest to get them to the right place and get them the help and assistance they deserve.
Children with Autism are still children, and still say the darnedest things.
the people from Cerberus, who bought Chrysler and then seemingly did their darnedest to destroy it), (3) incompetent executives, (4) the "Green Horde" (those who embrace "green" without considering all of the ramifications, both economic and environmental), and (5) people who think that manufacturing capability isn't essential for the health and well being of the United States:
As the mystery woman, Angelina Joliedoes her darnedest,.
Elk meat is generally very good, and a couple hundred pounds is a nice bonus to a hunt--even though today's airlines do their darnedest to make bringing elk meat back from Colorado almost as impossible as bringing kudu meat back from Africa.
But it's the darnedest thing, because I wasn't focusing on what was happening, I was watching an ant cross on the clothesline, so the poem starts out with "If an ant crossing on the clothesline/from apple tree to apple tree,/would think and think,/it probably could not dream up Albert Einstein.
Still another case of speaker as own listener repertoires probably occurs in the emission of verb endings colloquially often associated with the cliche "kids say the darnedest things" (Pinker, 1992).
Then, along came MySpace; kids do say the darnedest things to each other, don't they?
But most of our customers are in daily and if they request something, we do our darnedest to get it in.
Kids sometimes ask the darnedest things when state legislators visit their classrooms.