English [ edit ]
( fall over oneself third-person singular simple present , falls over oneself present participle , falling over oneself simple past , fell over oneself past participle ) fallen over oneself
1948, Thomas Merton, , 1999 edition, The Seven Storey Mountain ISBN 0156010860, page 317:
Catholic families in the town were
falling over themselves in their anxiety to invite the young Franciscans to come and sit in their parlors and be made much of, with cookies and soft drinks.
2004, David Walsh, Why Do They Act That Way?, 2005 Free Press edition, ISBN 0743260775, page 250:
As long as we don't
fall over ourselves to congratulate our adolescent every time she wipes her feet on the mat, a well-placed and consistent "thank you," a compliment, or a sign of appreciation can go a long way.
2007, Jeffrey Rosen, The Supreme Court: The personalities and rivalries that defined America, , page 53: ISBN 0805081828
On the contrary, instead of wholeheartedly defending Chase, Marshall fell over himself to accommodate his accusers.
Usage notes [ edit ]
This is usually followed by
and a verb, as in the examples. to There are also literal meanings of the phrase, parsed as
, which see, plus fall over oneself.