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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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try (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 try 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 tried her utmost to save the family farm, but the bank foreclosed on it in the end.
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Thus it is, that it often attains its most luxuriant growth in separation and under circumstances of the utmost difficulty; and thus it was, that Nicholas, thinking of nothing but the unknown young lady, from day to day and from hour to hour, began, at last, to think that he was very desperately in love with her, and that never was such an ill-used and persecuted lover as he.
The young lady appeared no more; so there was a great deal of love wasted (enough indeed to have set up half-a-dozen young gentlemen, as times go, with the utmost decency), and nobody was a bit the wiser for it; not even Nicholas himself, who, on the contrary, became more dull, sentimental, and lackadaisical, every day.
To know something of the life of one in whom I felt such interest; to see her in the street, to pass the house in which she lived, to meet her sometimes in her walks, to hope that a day might come when I might be in a condition to tell her of my love, this was the utmost extent of my thoughts.
It certainly does,' said Gashford, opening his eyes to their utmost width; 'really this is the most remarkable circumstance I have ever known.
The Spaniards charged again with the utmost expedition, and then divided themselves into three bodies, and resolved to fall in among them all together.
So dreadfully frightened were they that they kept out of sight farther and farther; till at last our men followed them, and almost every day killing or wounding some of them, they kept up in the woods or hollow places so much, that it reduced them to the utmost misery for want of food; and many were afterwards found dead in the woods, without any hurt, absolutely starved to death.
The utmost of all the improvement which I can say the wives had made from them was, that they had taught them to speak English pretty well; and most of their children, who were near twenty in all, were taught to speak English too, from their first learning to speak, though they at first spoke it in a very broken manner, like their mothers.
With the utmost speed he could exert, he settled his affairs; converted into money all the goods he had; and, with honourable wealth enough for both, with open heart and hand, with limbs that trembled as they bore him on, with emotion such as men can hardly bear and live, arrived one evening at his brother's door
Even when by dint of such inquiries as the utmost vigilance and sagacity could set on foot, we found they had been seen with two poor travelling showmen-- and in time discovered the men themselves--and in time, the actual place of their retreat; even then, we were too late.
In a statement to Cyprus News Agency, Steinmeier said that during his visit he would like to find out more about the ongoing Cyprus talks and he will make clear to all parties involved that Germany wants to do its utmost to support the process.
They also expressed their utmost appreciation for the civilized renaissance that is accorded with a great attention by His Majesty the Sultan in a bid to preserve its cultural and civilized heritage and develop the cultural work.
His Majesty the King also received a cable of thanks from President Noor Sultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan Republic in reply to His Majesty's congratulatory cable to him on winning a new presidential term, in which he expressed utmost gratitude and appreciation to His Majesty the King, wishing His Majesty lasting good health and happiness, also wishing the Kingdom of Bahrain and its people further progress and prosperity.
The Council affirmed its support to Sudan so that it can fulfill its obligations towards the African Peer Review Mechanism, which The Council pointed out in his message that he continued the utmost passion for the electoral process and the efforts aimed to consolidate the foundations of democracy and national dialogue and economic development of the Sudan .
President Bashar al-Assad issued clear directives for all competent authorities to do their utmost for addressing this file, the minister said,indicating that national cohesion has foiled all instigation attempts of terrorists.
He further said that Pakistan-Japan relations remained of utmost priority.