bend/lean over backwards to do something

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bend over backward(s)

cliché 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 always has to bend over backward whenever the CEO comes to visit our office.
See also: bend, over

lean over backward(s)

To expend a lot of energy or effort to do something; to inconvenience oneself. This phrase is often used to express frustration when one's efforts go unrecognized. I have been leaning over backwards to make sure that you have a wonderful visit, and you don't even care! The entire staff really needs to lean over backward while the CEO is visiting our office. I can't believe how ungrateful you're being, especially since we leaned over backward planning this dinner party for you!
See also: lean, over
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bend over backwards to do something

make every effort, especially to be fair or helpful. informal
See also: backward, bend, over, something, to
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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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