lean over backward(s)

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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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lean over backwards

(to do something) Go to fall over backwards (to do something).
See also: backward, lean, over
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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lean over backward

See bend over backward.
See also: backward, lean, over
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer