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extra pair of hands

Additional help or assistance provided by another person. I think we need to hire an extra pair of hands to help clean the house and mind the children.
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go the extra mile

To go beyond what is necessary or expected in order to please someone, achieve something, or get something done correctly. I have to say, our lawyer really went the extra mile in making sure every aspect of our case was watertight. Suzy always goes the extra mile to make my birthday special.
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go the extra mile

to try harder to please someone or to get the task done correctly; to do more than one is required to do to reach a goal. I like doing business with that company. They always go the extra mile. My teacher goes the extra mile to help us.
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go the extra mile

If you go the extra mile, you make a special effort to do or achieve something. The President is determined to go the extra mile for peace. I discovered that going the extra mile has always been a feature of successful people. Note: This expression is variable, for example people sometimes replace go with travel and mile with yard. We will travel the extra mile to arrive at peace. He will be remembered for his willingness to go the extra yard to help people.
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go the extra mile

be especially assiduous in your attempt to achieve something.
This origins of this expression can be traced back to the New Testament injunction ‘And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain’ (Matthew 5:41). The revue song of 1957 by Joyce Grenfell , ‘Ready…To go the extra mile’, may have popularized its use.
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go the ˌextra ˈmile (for somebody/something)

make a special effort to achieve something, help somebody, etc: Both sides involved in the fighting say they are willing to go the extra mile for peace.
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References in classic literature ?
As for my boat, it could not have been kept afloat but for the extra ballast.
I suppose the fifteen dollars extra he has to give keep on rankling--in there.
Being an extra on a film set is demeaning, tedious work, but it's the life that Andy (Ricky Gervais) and Maggie (Ashley Jensen) have chosen for themselves in ``Extras,'' HBO's new comedy from Gervais and Stephen Merchant, creators of the original ``The Office.
Those cast as extras earn minimum wage, but are guaranteed at least 8 hours of pay plus any overtime.
This four-disc set of the animated green giant includes both films plus ``Shrek 3D'' and ``Shrek: The Story So Far Bonus Disc,'' which is loaded with extras.
Casting Director, Danny Stoltz, says in general his company is "always looking for real people of all types who want to work as extras.
He simpers and fawns as Caroline Giovanni, the film's Julia Roberts-esque diva whose research extends to inviting extras into her trailer.
Casting Director Danny Stoltz says the casting company is looking for people of ALL AGES and ALL Types who are interested in being considered as extras, although mostly interested in those over 18.
One of thousands of film hopefuls who lined up in September at Lancaster City Park to apply for work as extras, Herrera, 48, of Lancaster is no stranger to the film industry.
The extras on the DVD are mostly suited for the young ones, but adults won't mind sitting though repeated watchings.
The six-disc DVD has a number of extras including 44 deleted scenes with commentary and features on the making of the series.
The Meaning of Life'' was the brilliant British comedy troupe's last film together, although the five remaining members - Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam (Graham Chapman died in 1989) - joined in to help create the extras.
Also, it's a more valuable purchase when you get your favorite film on DVD with the quality and extras.
Burbank's legendary Central Casting is the dominant player in the extras business, a Goliath to dozens of small, specialized agencies in the field.