bend over backward
I. phrasal or lean over backward to make extreme efforts (as at concession) II. phrasal or bend over backwards to make extreme efforts

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bend\ over\ backward — • bend over backward • lean over backward v. phr. informal To try so hard to avoid a mistake that you make the opposite mistake instead; do the opposite of something that you know you should not do; do too much to avoid doing the wrong thing;… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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

  • bend over backward — or[lean over backward] {v. phr.}, {informal} To try so hard to avoid a mistake that you make the opposite mistake instead; do the opposite of something that you know you should not do; do too much to avoid doing the wrong thing; also, make a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bend over backward — or[lean over backward] {v. phr.}, {informal} To try so hard to avoid a mistake that you make the opposite mistake instead; do the opposite of something that you know you should not do; do too much to avoid doing the wrong thing; also, make a… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bend over backward to do something — bend (or lean) over backward to do something informal make every effort, esp. to be fair or helpful Jensen bent over backward to be fair …   Useful english dictionary

  • bend over backwards — phrasal see bend over backward II …   New Collegiate 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

  • lean\ over\ backward — • bend over backward • lean over backward v. phr. informal To try so hard to avoid a mistake that you make the opposite mistake instead; do the opposite of something that you know you should not do; do too much to avoid doing the wrong thing;… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lean over backward — See: BEND OVER BACKWARD …   Dictionary of American idioms

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