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bend over backwards

1. Literally, to lean backwards. I'm so sore after bending over backwards and doing all those weird stretches at yoga this morning.
2. 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 really needs to bend over backwards while the CEO is visiting our office.
See also: backward, bend, over

bend over backwards (to do something) (for someone)

Fig. to work very hard to accomplish something for someone; to go out of one's way (to do something) (for someone). He will bend over backwards to help you. I bent over backwards for you, and you showed no thanks!
See also: backward, bend, over

bend over backwards

(to do something) Go to fall over backwards (to do something).
See also: backward, bend, over

bend over backwards

Also, lean over backwards. Exert oneself to the fullest extent, as in Dad bent over backwards so as not to embarrass Stasia's new boyfriend. This phrase transfers the gymnastic feat of a backbend to taking a great deal of trouble for someone or something. [c. 1920] Also see under fall all over.
See also: backward, bend, over

bend over backwards

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bend over backward

COMMON If you bend over backwards or bend over backward, you try very hard to help or please someone, even though it causes you trouble. We bent over backwards to make them feel welcome and they didn't thank us once. Note: You can also say that someone leans over backwards or leans over backward. You've done your duty — you've leaned over backwards. She has nothing to complain about.
See also: backward, bend, over

bend over backwards to do something

make every effort, especially to be fair or helpful. informal

bend/lean over ˈbackwards to do something

try very hard to help or please somebody: I’ve bent over backwards to be nice to her, but she’s pushed me too far now.
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"They've bent over backwards to help us whenever we've had a problem."
A GIRL of 10 who was bent over backwards by a rare genetic condition has made a miraculous recovery after pioneering surgery.
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AN engineer has bent over backwards to invent an aid that relieves back pain.
Vista spokesman Funsho Ajibade said: "Judges were particularly impressed that Mr Barrie bent over backwards to help clients without expecting something in return."
We bent over backwards to accommodate her but she was difficult beyond belief."
Clinton said Yeltsin had "bent over backwards" to avoid the use of force--diplomatic language for "do whatever you need to do." In fact, Yeltsin could have resolved the crisis peacefully by offering to stand for election in December; he'd ordered new parliamentary elections in December but refused to put himself on the ballot line.
They have bent over backwards to help and he has treated their concern with disdain.
His shock decision came less than three weeks after the selectors had bent over backwards to accommodate the Surrey left-hander in their 16-man party.
And Toledo have bent over backwards to sign Oviedo's midfield star - Jose Aurelio Gay.
In Northern Ireland, we have bent over backwards for them to remain British - so why don't we do the same for Gibraltar?
I know this is true because Kerry bent over backwards to ignore his infidelities and keep her family intact.