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stop at nothing

To do whatever it takes to accomplish a task or goal. I assure you, ma'am, we will stop at nothing to catch that thief. I'm not surprised Tiffany started that nasty rumor about you—she'll stop at nothing to become student council president.
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stop at nothing

Do everything in one's power, be prevented by no obstacle, as in She'll stop at nothing to get her revenge. This expression was first recorded in John Dryden's Aurengzebe (1676): "The World is made for the bold impious man; Who stops at nothing, seizes all he can."
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stop at nothing

recognize no obstacles or reasons for not doing something; be utterly ruthless or determined.
1991 Time Seen simplistically and from afar, Saddam Hussein comes across as…the villain who will stop at nothing.
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stop at ˈnothing

do anything, even something immoral or criminal in order to get something: He’d stop at nothing to make a success out of his business.
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There is no cure for pipe dreams and there is no cure for the trespassing skater who will stop at nothing short of death to kill himself in order to live.
They fear senior Met figures will stop at nothing to undermine their organisation and its key members amid bitter accusations of racism at the head of Scotland Yard.
They fear senior Met figures will stop at nothing to undermine their organisation and its key members, amid bitter accusations of racism at the head of Scotland Yard.
Samantha Power resigned after she said the 60-year-old New York senator was a "monster" who would stop at nothing to seize power.
The self-styled 'tanorexics' who stop at nothing to get a holiday tan are also doubling their risk of skin cancer says the charity.
Yet the murderous Yellow Curate will stop at nothing to exterminate her beliefs from the face of the earth.
Faced with dealing with Paul, a fellow mediator who will stop at nothing to win her love and admiration and who she despises, Suze finds herself torn between wanting to keep her relationship with Jesse the way it is and potentially allowing his spirit to move past being stuck between worlds.
We thought we'd been through the worst with 'Scooby Doo 2, Monsters Unleashed,' but the success of `The Dukes of Hazzard' shows that studios will stop at nothing to prove that learning the actual fundamentals of filmmaking are no longer necessary.
What they are after is a quick buck and they will stop at nothing to get it.
In a statement, Jets spokeswoman, Marissa Shorenstein, dismissed the bid, saying, "This is a desperate ploy and cynical PR gimmick by a company that will stop at nothing to protect their monopoly.
The Bush camp will stop at nothing to win the votes of those who may be on the fence.
But it is a further signal that McCarthy will stop at nothing to turn around the underachieving Wearsiders.
This new interpretation of the award-winning Broadway show tells the story of the battle between Velma Kelley, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Roxie Hart, played by Renee Zellweger, as the two women stop at nothing to outdo each other in their obsessive pursuit of fame and celebrity.
Faulkner is a young, ambitious, ruthless woman who will stop at nothing in order to secure a lofty management job.
With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission.