lean over backwards (to do something)

lean over backwards (to do something)
bend/lean over ˈbackwards (to do sth) idiom
to make a great effort, especially in order to be helpful or fair

I've bent over backwards to help him.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bend over backwards (to do something) — informal phrase to do everything you can to help I bent over backwards to make it easier for her and she didn’t even notice. Thesaurus: to help someonesynonym Main entry: bend * * * bend/lean over ˈbackwards (to do sth) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • lean — I. /lin / (say leen) verb (leaned or leant /lɛnt/ (say lent), leaning) –verb (i) 1. to incline or bend from a vertical position or in a particular direction. 2. to rest against or on something for support. 3. to depend or rely: to lean on empty… …  

  • backwards — back|wards S2 [ˈbækwədz US wərdz] adv also backward [ wəd US wərd] AmE 1.) in the direction that is behind you ≠ ↑forwards ▪ Hannah took a step backward. ▪ She pushed me and I fell backwards into the chair. 2.) towards the beginning or the past ≠ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • backwards — (also backward) adverb 1》 in the direction of one s back. 2》 back towards the starting point. 3》 in reverse of the usual direction or order.     ↘towards the past.     ↘towards a worse state. Phrases backwards and forwards to and fro. bend (or… …   English new terms dictionary

  • bend — I UK [bend] / US verb Word forms bend : present tense I/you/we/they bend he/she/it bends present participle bending past tense bent UK [bent] / US past participle bent *** 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to lean forwards and downwards, or to move …   English dictionary

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