bend over backwards
Also, 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] Also see under fall all over.
|bend over backwards|
|try very hard to please someone; "She falls over backwards when she sees her mother-in-law" [syn: fall over backwards]|
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|