Bend over backwards



bend over backwards
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Also, lean over backwards. Exert oneself to the fullest extent, as in Dad bent over backwards so as not to embarrass Stasia’s new boyfriend. This phrase transfers the gymnastic feat of a backbend to taking a great deal of trouble for someone or something. [ c. 1920 ]
Also see: under fall all over

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