go out of (one's) way to (do something)

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go out of (one's) way to (do something)

1. Literally, to travel somewhere by an indirect or circuitous route. Are you sure you want to go out of your way to deliver this package? Doing so will add 20 minutes onto our drive.
2. To make more effort than is required or expected to help or benefit someone else. You need to thank Monica—she really went out of her way to get you this job interview.
See also: of, out, way

go out of one's way

 (to do something)
1. Lit. to travel an indirect route or an extra distance in order to do something. I'll have to go out of my way to give you a ride home. I'll give you a ride even though I have to go out of my way.
2. Fig. to make an effort to do something; to accept the bother of doing something. We went out of our way to please the visitor. We appreciate anything you can do, but don't go out of your way.
See also: of, out, way