try (one's) utmost

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try (one's) utmost

To put forth the greatest possible amount of effort or energy toward some task or goal; to try as hard as one can. I'll try my utmost to be there for your wedding, but I don't know if I'll have enough money to buy the plane ticket. Janet tried her utmost to save the family farm, but the bank foreclosed on it in the end.
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do/try your ˈutmost (to do something)

try as hard as you can (to do something): I tried my utmost to stop them.Don’t blame her — she did her utmost to finish it on time.
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References in classic literature ?
I determined to try my utmost powers of persuasion; I resolved not to be beaten at the first repulse.
But I'm a determined, resilient, horrible so-and-so and I will try my utmost to turn it around.
When I came into the job, I said look, I will try my utmost and I challenge people, I ask them to do the best they can."
I hope and I wish and I will try my utmost to solve the problem before December," Christofias said, adding that this seems unlikely considering the differences.
I will try my utmost to be the one to do it - and if I did that would definitely make me a legend."
The school motto "Usque conabor" (I will try my utmost) was used by Brown in his first speech as PM.
Brown may have felt moved by his Kirkcaldy High School motto: "I will try my utmost".