be all somebody can/could do to do something(redirected from be all somebody could do to do something)
be all (one) could do (not) to (do something)
To be a struggle for one to do (something). The phrase often includes "not" when one is trying to avoid doing something. It was all I could do to keep from crying when the teacher yelled at me in front of the whole class. It was all I could do to not cry when the teacher yelled at me in front of the whole class.