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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19 Fan Chi inquired about authoritative conduct (ren), and the Master replied, "At home be deferential, in handling public affairs be respectful, and do your utmost (zhong) in your relationships with others.
Can you do your utmost (zhong) for your lord without instructing him?
The Master replied, "If you do your utmost (zhong) to make good on your word (xin), and you are earnest and respectful in your conduct, even though you are living in the barbarian states of Man or Mo, your conduct will be proper.