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stop at nothing

To do whatever it takes to accomplish a task or goal. I assure you, ma'am, we will stop at nothing to catch that thief. I'm not surprised Tiffany started that nasty rumor about you—she'll stop at nothing to become student council president.
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stop at nothing

Do everything in one's power, be prevented by no obstacle, as in She'll stop at nothing to get her revenge. This expression was first recorded in John Dryden's Aurengzebe (1676): "The World is made for the bold impious man; Who stops at nothing, seizes all he can."
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stop at nothing

recognize no obstacles or reasons for not doing something; be utterly ruthless or determined.
1991 Time Seen simplistically and from afar, Saddam Hussein comes across as…the villain who will stop at nothing.
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stop at ˈnothing

do anything, even something immoral or criminal in order to get something: He’d stop at nothing to make a success out of his business.
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There is no cure for pipe dreams and there is no cure for the trespassing skater who will stop at nothing short of death to kill himself in order to live.
Lastly, Duterte is deathly afraid of being exposed as the corrupt public official that he truly is, and will stop at nothing to go after Carandang or any other government investigator who dares to make him accountable to the people.
A brutal robot police force offers tough justice, but when a police droid named Chappie (voiced by Blomkamp's South African buddy Sharlto Copley, who starred in District 9 and The A-Team) is stolen and re-programmed to think for itself, the authorities will stop at nothing to destroy him.
It seems he will stop at nothing to force Elizabeth, (Natasha Little), pictured, into bed with him.
Beyonce will reportedly stop at nothing to make sure President Obama gets re-elected.
Going against the insurmountable, it won't be easy but when failure is not an option, they will stop at nothing to succeed, at the cost of anything.
The fact that Brendan planted his credit card on Danny's body spurs Warren on to stop at nothing to get to the bottom of Brendan's past and by the end of the week, Brendan is lying unconscious in hospital.
IN REPLY to the letter calling the war in Afghanistan stupid (Mailbag, October 23), the writer seems to be saying we should retreat, as the terrorists will stop at nothing and we should be looking after our own country.
They fear senior Met figures will stop at nothing to undermine their organisation and its key members amid bitter accusations of racism at the head of Scotland Yard.
They fear senior Met figures will stop at nothing to undermine their organisation and its key members, amid bitter accusations of racism at the head of Scotland Yard.
The self-styled 'tanorexics' who stop at nothing to get a holiday tan are also doubling their risk of skin cancer says the charity.
Yet the murderous Yellow Curate will stop at nothing to exterminate her beliefs from the face of the earth.
Faced with dealing with Paul, a fellow mediator who will stop at nothing to win her love and admiration and who she despises, Suze finds herself torn between wanting to keep her relationship with Jesse the way it is and potentially allowing his spirit to move past being stuck between worlds.
In a statement, Jets spokeswoman, Marissa Shorenstein, dismissed the bid, saying, "This is a desperate ploy and cynical PR gimmick by a company that will stop at nothing to protect their monopoly."
The Bush camp will stop at nothing to win the votes of those who may be on the fence.