go to great lengths

go to great lengths (to do something)

To put in a lot of effort, energy, or work to achieve something. We went to great lengths to ensure that this film was historically accurate. I appreciate that the tutor went to great lengths to make sure I understood the assignment
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go to great lengths (to do something)

 and go to any lengths (to do something)
to work very hard to accomplish something; to expend great efforts in trying to do something. I went to great lengths to explain to him that he was not in any trouble.
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Companies will go to great lengths to market their product, but sometimes things can go embarrassingly wrong.
We work with North Wales translators and go to great lengths to ensure accuracy, but for names of attractions, etc, we seek idiomatic rather than literal translations as we find these sound better to our many Welsh visitors.
As a species we go to great lengths to avoid hardship.
Arcadia's regional titles never fail to amaze and delight: they go to great lengths to gather vintage photos from private as well as public collections, they group these photos around neighborhoods to provide an unparalleled local history of an area within a region or city, and they provide high-quality commentary which provides as much background as possible.
In his defense, the man does go to great lengths to put on the best shows he can to an audience that prefers the likes of ``Jackass: The Movie'' to more serious fare such as ``Rabbit-Proof Fence,'' and even contracts Dengue Fever for his efforts.
According to Cushman & Wakefield executive director Glenn Markman, who recently relocated UN members at the Belgian Mission and the European Commission, the UN creates the kind of real estate demand and general economic stimulation that many cities abroad would go to great lengths to gain.
The poll of 3800 people found that while men go to great lengths to save pennies, women have more of a relaxed attitude to loose change.
For example, the preference for image over substance that many boards now exhibit actually favors corporate leaders who, owing their ascendancy more to their reputations than to demonstrable achievements, may be willing to go to great lengths to maintain the appearance of success.
Sabato is prepared to go to great lengths of his own on behalf of the project.
The delay encountered in the procurement of the blue barrels is indicative of a very competitive industry whose various manufacturers often go to great lengths to secure a major contract," Eliseo Garza, Jr.
The authors go to great lengths in researching their subject, providing a brief but informative essay along with a small black-and-white photo of each mask.
I've had the privilege to travel worldwide, and it seems to me that our nation is the only one where the news sources go to great lengths to identify an individual's race.
Artists often go to great lengths to study and observe animals and to perfect their representation.
That is, they have a home range and core center of activity, and they'll go to great lengths to get back to what's familiar to them.
The NIST team had to go to great lengths to produce the beam and then cool the atoms to temperatures low enough for a standing light wave to focus the beam into narrow lines.