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like anything

Extremely, vigorously, as in She cried like anything when the dog died. This idiom probably substitutes anything for a swear word. [Colloquial; late 1600s]
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like ˈanything

(British English, informal) very much: My head hurt like anything.
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like anything

To an exceeding degree: We worked like anything to meet the deadline.
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