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.
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be all somebody can/could ˈdo (not) to do something(informal) be very difficult (not) to do something: His face looked so funny that it was all she could do not to laugh.
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