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like anything

Exceedingly; very much; to an extreme degree. Primarily heard in UK. My stomach was aching like anything after eating that dodgy seafood. We've been working like anything to get the update finished before the Christmas break.
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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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