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bend/lean over backward, to
To exert oneself enormously, to go to a great deal of trouble to satisfy or please someone. Originating in the United States about 1920, this expression, with its image of straining to do a backbend, is well on its way to cliché status.
lean over backward
See bend over backward.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer