Definition of stop at nothing in English:

stop at nothing

phrase

  • Be utterly ruthless or determined in one's attempt to achieve something.

    ‘he would stop at nothing to retain his power’
    • ‘Already some commentators are calling for justice to be ‘tilted’ to protect the innocent from butchers who will stop at nothing.’
    • ‘We are faced with a deadly and determined adversary who will stop at nothing and will persevere as long as he exists.’
    • ‘Faulkner is a young, ambitious, ruthless woman who will stop at nothing in order to secure a lofty management job.’
    • ‘Utterly determined to repair the Union, Lincoln would stop at nothing to achieve his aim.’
    • ‘The absolutist, Joseph II, who succeeded Maria Theresa, failed in his reforms, though he stopped at nothing in his attempts to carry them out.’
    • ‘No matter how thin the anorexic gets, she sees herself as fat and stops at nothing to get thinner.’
    • ‘In those times the leaders of the clan were cruel and stopped at nothing to gain their ends.’
    • ‘And we know to a certainty that this is the regime that will stop at nothing to accomplish its irrational goals.’
    • ‘They will stop at nothing and use any means possible to get what they want, regardless of whether this includes losing homes, business etc.’
    • ‘The competing elite factions are engaged in a bitter struggle to gain control of the state apparatus and will stop at nothing to achieve their ends.’
    persevere, continue, carry on, go on, keep at it, keep on, keep going, keep it up, not give up, be persistent, be determined, follow something through, see something through, show determination, press ahead, press on, plod on, plough on, stay with something, not take no for an answer
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