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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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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.
See also: damnedest, try
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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 lines of communication go down, but rarely up as management tries its damnedest to control the information flow.
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.
Or is it staying and trying to do your damnedest to make something happen?
He had no enemies and he complemented the company he kept, brought kudos to all on the sporting field, at rugby and cricket, and even did his damnedest to contribute to his hut's successful marathon effort to outshine the other services in a spickand-span inter-service competition for the cleanest hut.
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.
They could have won that game and I'm sure they'll be doing their damnedest to win the game.
Because lucky we were to get oncologist Jo Dent and her team who did their damnedest to give him a few more months.
We'll do our damnedest, that's what we are trying to achieve.
Harrington's belief is at odds with that of Woods who has maintained that as he tried his damnedest in every Ryder Cup he couldn't possibly put any more into the US cause.
MPs of all political parties should be doing their damnedest not to let this through.