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move heaven and earth

To do everything that one can to make something happen. I had to move heaven and earth to get a flight home at Christmastime.
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move heaven and earth to do something

Fig. to make a major effort to do something. "I'll move heaven and earth to be with you, Mary," said Bill. I had to move heaven and earth to get there on time.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

move heaven and earth

Exert the utmost effort, as in I'd move heaven and earth to get an apartment here. This hyperbolic expression was first recorded in 1792.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

move heaven and earth

If you move heaven and earth to do something, you do everything you possibly can to make sure that you do it. What's more, our travel advisers will move heaven and earth to ensure you get exactly the holiday you want. When you know the pressure is getting to you, it's worth moving heaven and earth to get away for a day or two.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

move heaven and earth

make extraordinary efforts.
1999 Dogs Today We may not be vets but we are owners who will move heaven and earth to help our dogs recover.
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move heaven and ˈearth (to do something)

(also move ˈmountains (to do something)) do everything you can in order to help somebody, achieve something, etc: His friends moved heaven and earth to free him from prison.Faith can move mountains (= achieve the impossible).
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move heaven and earth

To do everything possible to bring about something desired.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

move heaven and earth, to

To exert oneself to the utmost to accomplish something. This hyperbole dates from the eighteenth century and is heard somewhat less often today. It was a cliché by the time F. Anstey wrote (Tinted Venus, 1885), “There’s the police moving heaven and earth to get you back again.”
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