give anything (for something)

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give anything (for something)

To pay, give, or do whatever is necessary or required to acquire or achieve a thing for which one has an intense desire. I'd give anything to live in Paris! I bet she'd give anything for a chance to go out with John.
See also: anything, give
References in classic literature ?
He wouldn't give anything to the library last summer, you remember, till the Story Girl told him that story about his grandmother.
The former Wales striker claims he would give anything to be in the World Cup position Ireland fans find themselves in.
I'd give anything to have my memory back but I don't think it is going to happen.
A loving birthday memory of my mam Irene, I miss you more and more each day, and would give anything to have you near, love you loads, your daughter Carol.
When Wotton's artist friend paints a portrait of Gray, the young man says he would give anything to remain as young as he is in the picture, even his soul.
BUENOS AIRES: Argentina coach Diego Maradona would give anything to be able to play in Saturday s World Cup qualifier against Brazil, he said on Tuesday.
When you consider the voting is done mainly by honest Scottish pros, who would give anything to play for our national team, it's hardly surprising Boyd didn't make the final cut after his disgraceful undermining of George Burley.
Yeah we'd give anything to go for a drink at Parr Street," guitarist Jonny Buckland told Insider.
IWe'd give anything to be a fly on the wall at a Finn singalong - with Neil Finn for a father and Tim Finn for an uncle, it's no surprise that 24-year-old Liam took up the family trade.
I know a million people would give anything to finish second place in California.
I'd give anything to be in the General Mitts executive session if Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants passes the great Babe Ruth for second place on the career home-run list.
I had the opportunity during the PDAC to talk to a former minister of Northern Development and Mines who quite seriously, but I think in a half-joking way, said 'I would give anything to be in your shoes now.
I'd give anything to chat up the writer whose novel inspired this coolly compelling drama of romantic obsession and see if those were his intentions, except that gay scribe Yukio Mishima famously committed suicide in 1970 at the age of 45.
Williams points out that Shreveport's leaders "did not think the state should give anything to the people" and that they "epitomized in extreme degree the psychology of conservatives of their class.