break one's back

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break one's back (third-person singular simple present breaks one's back, present participle breaking one's back, simple past broke one's back, past participle broken one's back)

  1. (idiomatic) To make a supreme effort.
    • 2008, Stuart Smith, The Mad Ramblings of a Monkey: The Nefarious Project, page 17:
      See, it's not that I'm a disagreeable person. I just have a motto that I won't break. If I'm asked to do something, I'll break my back to see that it's done.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see break,‎ back.


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