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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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Yes, the old "lying-in hospitals" are still there, but the people who run them are doing their darnedest to transform them to the extent possible.
The author of The Nastiest Things Ever Said About Republicans shows that Democrats can also say the darnedest things.
Editor's note: You really do find HAZMAT in the darnedest places.
Stephen Pinker, "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" and "The Horrors of the German Language," Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language (New York: Basic Books, 1999), pp.
To you and your team, the best of luck over the next week, but then again, we will be trying our darnedest to keep this Ryder Cup here.
You're trying your darnedest to maintain your composure, but you simply cannot stop giggling hysterically.
This is not a "kids say the darnedest things" kind of book, although it includes some of the subjects' drawings.
Cheryl Loeffler is doing her darnedest to answer an interviewer's questions about the downtown real estate market, but every other sentence is interrupted by the incessant ring of her cell phone.
Then the produce manager at my market told me it was the darnedest thing--that they'd had a run on mint the last weekend.
Having read up on the techniques, I've done my darnedest to make it work on harsh windy days, which are supposed to be perfect.
And we would go to NATO meetings and we had the darnedest arguments about things.
For a number of years, we'd call each other on Fridays and talk about shallow topics--hair care products, spot removal systems, kids saying the darnedest things.
If someone tells me I can't, I'm going to do my darnedest to do it.
When learning to play the piano, for example, you may have the darnedest time practicing a particular song.