Definition of move heaven and earth to do something in US English:

move heaven and earth to do something

phrase

  • Make extraordinary efforts to do a specified thing.

    ‘if he had truly loved her he would have moved heaven and earth to get her back’
    • ‘Once I discovered it I moved heaven and earth to try to put it right.’
    • ‘While the renewable energy industry is moving heaven and earth to meet their targets in the timescale, I feel we will still need a back-up in the short term.’
    • ‘Indeed, he would have concluded that he was a particular favourite of the headmaster, whom he might rightly have seen as moving heaven and earth to make excuses on his behalf.’
    • ‘We've moved heaven and earth to get them in for when they want.’
    • ‘We did all the advertising and scheduling for the event and, to be honest, we moved heaven and earth to reopen in time to accommodate it.’
    • ‘Father Dixon found it remarkable that such a statement could be a credible account of Stuart's words, and began moving heaven and earth to save him from the gallows.’
    • ‘If I think I have been unjustly treated I will move heaven and earth to put the record straight.’
    • ‘He knew what he wanted to do and he moved heaven and earth to do it.’
    • ‘If not, why aren't you moving heaven and earth to find out the answer?’
    • ‘We are duty bound to investigate all possibilities, but I am convinced Stephen was killed, and as such, am moving heaven and earth to try and catch a killer.’
    • ‘So I have moved heaven and earth to make sure that I enter that theater with my mind open, empty, and willing to be filled with the Holy Spirit.’
    • ‘And so, in the interests of the integrity of my profession, I pledge to move heaven and earth to advance my inquiries with the greatest possible speed.’
    • ‘But Heather will move heaven and earth to do it.’
    • ‘Mr Gibbons said: ‘I have moved heaven and earth to make this deal happen, unfortunately Mr Hammond could not commit and the deal did not proceed.’’
    • ‘Funny how their committee hasn't moved heaven and earth to claim it.’
    • ‘Instead, they're fascinated by the way in which their own children - who they moved heaven and earth to give a better time at Christmas than they ever had - are now telling their own children about Christmas in their time.’
    • ‘That won't happen if the correct facilities can't be identified, but the new director of football is determined to move heaven and earth to find the site.’
    • ‘But still, we always work to move heaven and earth to mitigate the damage to respond as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘The government has also benefitted from a largely sympathetic media and when it has not it has moved heaven and earth to bring it into line.’
    • ‘It did not happen, although the archives also reveal that Wilson, as prime minister, moved heaven and earth to prevent President Richard Nixon, then discredited, coming on a state visit.’
    try one's hardest, try as hard as one can, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, put oneself out
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