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 ?
Newman opened and shut his mouth, several times, as though he were trying his utmost to speak, but could make nothing of it, and finally fixed his eyes on Nicholas with a grim and ghastly stare.
He said that in certain cases he was not satisfied with the performance of the hospitals and he was trying his utmost to improve hospitals' performance.
Richard has been trying his utmost to get back fit.
I WOULD like to say big a thank you to Cardiff North MP Jonathan Evans who, like other Welsh MPs and AMs, is trying his utmost to get the stolen pensions of the former ASW steelworkers fully restored.
He is an honest, upstanding man who never misses a community or ward meeting, trying his utmost to do his best for those in his ward.
But you can bank on the Basil-don potter trying his utmost to make the business end of the Beijing event.
Mark will be trying his utmost to get us the points we need to get us back into this campaign.
The first-year teacher was trying his utmost, but he could not handle the kids, and his classroom was becoming increasingly chaotic.
Thomas says that even if he had failed in the White House, Kennedy "would have failed trying his utmost to lift up the poor and the weak.