fall over backward
phrasal see fall all over oneself

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • fall over backward — phrasal see fall over oneself * * * fall over backward see ↑backward, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑fall …   Useful english dictionary

  • bend, lean, or fall over backward — idi bend, lean, or fall over backward, to exert oneself to the utmost; make a serious effort …   From formal English to slang

  • bend or lean or fall over backward — idi to exert oneself to the utmost …   From formal English to slang

  • fall over oneself — phrasal or fall over backward : to display great or excessive eagerness fell over themselves in their efforts to accommodate the new administration Atlantic juries fell over backward in favor of progressive art Aline B. Saarinen * * * fall over… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bend over backward — phrasal : to make extreme efforts at concession * * * see backward * * * bend over backward (or lean over backward also fall over backward) : to make a great effort to help someone or to reach agreement with someone The salesman said he would… …   Useful english dictionary

  • To fall over — Fall Fall (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. {Fell} (f[e^]l); p. p. {Fallen} (f[add]l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Falling}.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fall — /fawl/, v., fell, fallen, falling, n. v.i. 1. to drop or descend under the force of gravity, as to a lower place through loss or lack of support. 2. to come or drop down suddenly to a lower position, esp. to leave a standing or erect position… …   Universalium

  • backward — back•ward [[t]ˈbæk wərd[/t]] adv. Also, back′wards. 1) toward the back or rear 2) with the back foremost 3) in the reverse of the usual or right way: counting backward from 100[/ex] 4) toward the past 5) toward a less advanced state;… …   From formal English to slang

  • fall all over oneself — or fall over oneself or fall over backward phrasal to display great or excessive eagerness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Fall — (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. {Fell} (f[e^]l); p. p. {Fallen} (f[add]l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Falling}.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr. sfa llein… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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