Definition of fall over oneself to do something in English:

fall over oneself to do something

phrase

informal
  • Be excessively eager to do something.

    ‘critics and audiences fell over themselves to compliment him’
    • ‘Committee members almost fell over themselves to praise her ‘calm’ and ‘rational’ speech, but such sentiments count for little when set against hard economics.’
    • ‘The elite fell over itself to testify in the book's favor during the trial, and the defense was able to produce a star-studded list of experts, including E. M. Forster and Rebecca West.’
    • ‘People fell over themselves to do good things for Klemperer.’
    • ‘Nowadays, publishers are falling over themselves to bring conservative books to a mainstream audience.’
    • ‘Supermarkets are falling over themselves to provide meat-free ready meals - demand rose by 16% in the last year, and the market is now worth £539m.’
    • ‘The global audience is limited, so advertisers won't be falling over themselves to redirect their budgets.’
    • ‘In the North-east the BBC fell over itself to support the ill-fated assembly, yet failed recently to mention a scathing report from a parliamentary committee on the matter.’
    • ‘Music critics fell over themselves to praise ‘The Message,’ treating it as the poetry of the streets - as the elite media has characterized hip-hop ever since.’
    • ‘Critics have been falling over themselves to heap praise on the musician after she brought fans to their feet with stirring performances.’
    • ‘I met him once, when he came in for a development meeting at a tv production company I used to work at, and the whole office fell over themselves to look after him.’
    • ‘His indictment of the tabloid press seemed vindicated when its TV critics began falling over themselves to say how brilliant the broadcast had been.’
    • ‘Yet when Henman almost fainted with fright as he began his second-round match, the pundits fell over themselves to point out how quickly he regained his composure.’
    • ‘Wine consumption grew, the industry was given a fillip and merchants who had watched the dust settle on their French-inspired lists were now falling over themselves to buy wine from exotic-sounding places such as Mendoza and Coonawarra.’
    • ‘Having made such a splash at Sundance, it is little surprise to find the US critics falling over themselves to deliver a positive verdict.’
    • ‘No one fell over themselves to contradict him either.’
    • ‘It used to be said that post-reunification Berlin was the biggest building site around, as construction companies fell over themselves to build bigger and better hotels.’
    • ‘Financial institutions are falling over themselves to offer wealth-management services.’
    • ‘Why are celebrities falling over themselves to become children's authors - Madonna is already on her fourth title, while Paul McCartney's first tale of Wirral the Squirrel is being published this coming autumn.’
    • ‘I find it quite ironic that the State governments in Australia are falling over themselves to be the biotechnology centre of excellence but they won't allow that technology to be used once it's been developed.’
    • ‘After a wet summer garden centres will be falling over themselves to shift excess patio furniture.’