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do (one's) darnedest

To put forth the utmost amount of energy or effort toward some task or goal. A more polite version of "do one's damnedest." Money is a little tight at the moment, but I'll do my darnedest to be there for your wedding.
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did her darnedest to make histrionics work similarly for her.
True enough, "Basta Everybody Happy" does its darnedest to put a smile and slaphappy grin on viewers' faces with its bright mix of features and guests.
While the film does it's darnedest to get your tearducts going, you can leave your hankies at home.
If you're a columnist, some things are mandatory: the "interestingly bad service experience" column, the "kids say the darnedest things" column.
What's more, these tired folk seem to crop up in the darnedest places.
As much as I tried my darnedest not to let it, of course, it still managed to sneak its way into my November, mostly in the form of snotty sobbing at the John Lewis advert and having to arrange social gatherings because otherwise everyone will be booked up and I will be Norma No Mates.
The "baseball" is acting as if a mysterious energy is continuously pushing it higher and higher in the sky, even though Earth's gravity is trying its darnedest to pull it back to the ground.
In tiny Magazine a decade later, Fleck carved out his own "Lil' Bit A Heaven," a nine-hole course that he tried his darnedest to maintain and keep open, even though Mother Nature wasn't always willing.
Not only was I doing my darnedest to teach him how to have sex, but I also fed him, and let's not forget about all the work I put into his photographs.
You've got the option of either doing your darnedest to put meat in the freezer and the best hat rack in Wabasha County on the wall or choosing to be haunted by a lost opportunity for the rest of your days.
We love these young dogs, mostly because they're so darned' cute and do the darnedest things.
"Hizzoner" Bill Smith told Reynolds, "I'm the mayor of the darnedest city in the world.
While Akinola believes Netflix is "trying their darnedest" to increase their catalogue, the limited selection "is the biggest threat to Netflix and the reason for all the volatility in their stock price.
Sparky Anderson summed it up best, saying, "It was the darnedest thing I've ever seen." (54)
Having more money than you know how to spend isn't a cardinal sin--even when you try your darnedest to spend it on "the largest private residence in America," which the Siegels envisioned as a Vegas variation of the French palace, Versailles.