do (one's) utmost

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do (one's) utmost

To put forth the greatest possible amount of effort or energy toward some task or goal; to try as hard as one can. I'll do my utmost to be there for your wedding, but I don't know if I'll have enough money to buy the plane ticket. Janet did her utmost to save the family farm, but the bank foreclosed on it in the end.
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do/try your ˈutmost (to do something)

try as hard as you can (to do something): I tried my utmost to stop them.Don’t blame her — she did her utmost to finish it on time.
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References in classic literature ?
If they had that brainless idea, they would do their utmost to hide it, and conceal their cards, so as to catch you afterwards.
20 Ji Kangzi asked: "How do you get the people to be respectful, to do their utmost for you (zhong), and to be eager?