go to great lengths

go to great lengths (to do something)

To put in a lot of effort, energy, or work to achieve something. We went to great lengths to ensure that this film was historically accurate. I appreciate that the tutor went to great lengths to make sure I understood the assignment
See also: go, great, length

go to great lengths (to do something)

 and go to any lengths (to do something)
to work very hard to accomplish something; to expend great efforts in trying to do something. I went to great lengths to explain to him that he was not in any trouble.
See also: go, great, length
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Summary: Organisations go to great lengths to make it an 'open culture' and a positive one where feedback flows for the greater good of all involved.
I will go to great lengths and do the impossible to make sure the average wage in Macedonia climbs up to 500 euros, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at a public debate in Veles over the weekend.
With nowhere left to turn to, he has to go to great lengths in order to truth.
Companies will go to great lengths to market their product, but sometimes things can go embarrassingly wrong.
Weaving true history with myth, it follow the adventures of the great warrior Vlad the Impaler (Luke Evans) who is fiercely protective of his family and will go to great lengths to keep them safe.
You may enjoy soaking up the sun at the beach, but in China many people go to great lengths to avoid the rays.
I go to great lengths to try to make accurate predictions, but I wouldn't go as far as Gerolamo Cardano, a famous 16th-century gambler.
We work with North Wales translators and go to great lengths to ensure accuracy, but for names of attractions, etc, we seek idiomatic rather than literal translations as we find these sound better to our many Welsh visitors.
NIALL MacPHEE admits he is happy to go to great lengths to star for Scotland at shinty.
By simply touching the mug and feeling it in their hands, many people begin to feel like the mug is, in fact, their mug [and] they are willing to go to great lengths to keep it."
"While firms often go to great lengths to look at internet security they invariably overlook their e-mail correspondence with clients," said Neil Lovell, of Securecoms.
"While firms often go to great lengths to look at internet security they invariably overlook their email correspondence with clients," said Neil Lovell of Securecoms.
Portuguese giants Benfica have a motto - 'Never Move Back' - and they go to great lengths to ensure they stick by it.
As a species we go to great lengths to avoid hardship.
"These gangs go to great lengths to smuggle and they are making a hefty profit at the expense of the honest taxpayer."