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bend over backward(s)

cliché To exert a lot of effort towards some end. This phrase is often used to express frustration when one's efforts go unrecognized. I have been bending over backwards to make sure that you have a wonderful visit, and you don't even care! The entire staff always has to bend over backward whenever the CEO comes to visit our office.
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bend

/lean over backward
To make an effort greater than is required.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Figure 2 demonstrates the location of the Vectrino velocim and its probes in the bend for recording 3D velocities values.
For one- and two-layer circuits, the best option is to keep the copper as close to the neutral bend axis as possible.
Two-phase flows have been studied in a wide range of bend geometries and configurations.
Both materials bend light at different angles depending on its wavelength, while a real invisibility cloak should bend light equally across the spectrum.
One of the most critical considerations is the mechanical reliability of the fiber under reduced bends. Be wary of any bend-insensitive fiber design that allows for bends that are so tight they threaten the mechanical reliability of the fiber.
The out-of-plane C-H bends of the aromatic ring are intense at 698 and 756 [cm.sup.-1].
Think of each bend as one that opens or closes as you approach.
The highest quality bends were achieved using specimens that had low specific gravity, fast growth, and were free of crossgrain.
Possible structures include the use of four 90[degrees] bends with the input on the +z-axis and the output on a translated +z-axis (or -z-axis) (Figure 1b), the use of four bends of any angle for a general rotation of the input on the +z-axis to any other compound output angle and the use of only two bends of any angle with the input on the +z-axis and the output at any compound angle above the x-y plane (Figure 1c).
"Plus, we can rely on these machines to complete a fixed number of bends per hour, and that means we can bid jobs more accurately.
The machine then bends the sheet at the heated strip.
Some of us have ligaments flexible enough to arch our spines into back bends. But Nomin and Ulzii's stretchy collagen lets their spines bend even farther -- as if they were folded in half.
The idea is to try to do as many useful bends as possible without regripping, repositioning, or changing tools.
While her body weakens and withers and bends, her will strengthens and straightens.