Definition of bend (or fall or lean) over backwards in English:

bend (or fall or lean) over backwards


  • 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’
    • ‘And I just want to say that I have bent over backwards to be fair to minority interests.’
    • ‘But I draw the line at being so accommodating and respectful of the views of others that we lean over backwards so far that we fall over.’
    • ‘It's little wonder governments are bending over backwards in a desperate attempt to create a ‘business-friendly environment’.’
    • ‘The council should be falling over backwards to work with the Civil Service Sports Council to bring this £7 million development to York.’
    • ‘You know we bend over backwards in work to be helpful and polite to people.’
    • ‘And I think this judge bent over backwards to ensure a fair trial and a verdict that would not be reversed on appeal.’
    • ‘That is what the government is demanding firefighters accept after their union has bent over backwards to seek compromise over their pay claim.’
    • ‘Now they have discovered, after bending over backwards with effort and capital, the market had diminished alarmingly.’
    • ‘To be fair, my dad always bent over backwards for us to fit in, but not lose a sense of who we are.’
    • ‘The military are falling over backwards to help.’
    try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out
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