informal Make every effort to achieve something, especially to be fair or helpful: we have bent over backwards to ensure a fair trial for the defendants
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- And I just want to say that I have bent over backwards to be fair to minority interests.
- Now they have discovered, after bending over backwards with effort and capital, the market had diminished alarmingly.
- And I think this judge bent over backwards to ensure a fair trial and a verdict that would not be reversed on appeal.
try one's hardest, try as hard as one can, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give one's all, make every effort;
informal do one's damnedest, go all out, pull out all the stops, bust a gut, move heaven and earth, give it one's best shot
Australian/New Zealand informal go for the doctor
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