Slang definitions & phrases for bend over backwards
bend over backwards
To make every effort; strive mightily; GO OUT OF one's WAY: I bent over backwards trying to be fair( first form 1940s+, second form 1920s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with bend over backwards
lean over backwards. Exert oneself to the fullest extent, as in Dad bent over backwards so as not to embarrass Stasia's new boyfriend. This phrase transfers the gymnastic feat of a backbend to taking a great deal of trouble for someone or something.
[ c. 1920