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do (one's) damnedest

To try one's hardest (to do something). Traffic out here is terrible, but we'll do our damnedest to get there on time. I'm doing my damnedest to get an A in this class, even though I'm terrible at math.
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try (one's) damnedest

To put forth the maximum amount of energy or effort toward some task or goal. Money is a little tight at the moment, but I'll try my damndest to be there for your wedding.
See also: damnedest, try

do one's best

Also, do one's level best or one's damnedest . Perform as well as one can, do the utmost possible, as in I'm doing my best to balance this statement, or She did her level best to pass the course, or He did his damnedest to get done in time. The first term dates from the 16th century, but the addition of level, here meaning "very," occurred only in the mid-1800s; the variant dates from the late 1800s.

do your damnedest

If you do your damnedest to achieve something, you try as hard as you can to do it. I did my damnedest to persuade her. She was doing her damnedest to look as if she didn't care. Note: People sometimes use try instead of do. Ted tried his damnedest to explain things.
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do (or try) your damnedest

do or try your utmost to do something.
The superlative form of the adjective damned is used here as a noun and can mean either ‘your worst’ or (more usually now) ‘your best’, depending on the context.
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do/try your ˈdamnedest

(informal) try very hard; make a very great effort: He was doing his damnedest to make me feel uncomfortable so that I would leave.
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You're on your feet, in front of a crowd, talking at the top of your lungs, sweating, telling lame jokes, trying your damnedest to reach everyone in that audience, even the kid sleeping in the back.
But I was also aware that--damn it--he was the president of the United States and he was going to do his damnedest to see that this never happens to our country again.
I see the Eden Alternative, for example, as simply another manifestation of quality management: You're doing your damnedest to keep the customer happy--and if it happens to involve livestock, so be it
Pena would get the city into the damnedest boondoggles, not because he stood to personally profit, but because he couldn't say no when somebody brought him a project," notes Don Bain, the chairman of the Colorado Republicans who ran unsuccessfully against Pena in 1987.
Big business, and its apologists in the media, have done their damnedest to discredit this idea, and to scare the American public that Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt.
Ryu Murakami's Sixty-Nine is an autobiographical novel that looks back at a group of high school students stuck in the sticks of western Japan in 1969 but doing their damnedest nevertheless to be part of the youthquake then shaking the world.
The impression they give of powerful vulnerability or vulnerably power--as if a gorilla were doing its damnedest to fit in at a tea party--has increased, if anything.
Barry's choreography for the fight scene was persuasive and ingenious, allowing the venomed and unbated tip of Laertes' sword to do its damnedest without a lot of stage blood.
Likely to go out in front and will do his damnedest to stay there, so very much a threat to the absent Faugheen's stand-in Annie Power.
We'll do our damnedest to make sure Eddie has no comfortable day, we'll be rolling our sleeves up and giving it our best shot.
Is it a case of going somewhere, being in a very strong squad and potentially being in the mix of winning something or is it staying somewhere and trying to do your damnedest and make something happen?
And you look at the way Paul Caddis played again, for example, and the response of Andrew Shinnie doing his damnedest in his favoured role.
I think it's one of the damnedest critiques of our media in a long time.
After all, shouldn't we be doing our damnedest to keep smoking and tobacco out of the living rooms and bedrooms of our nation's kids?