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.
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How to use bend over backwards in a sentence
No, it's a stereotype of Congress, that Members bend over backwards to declare their devotion and deference to the Jewish State.
Namely, a long list of highly placed contacts who would bend over backwards to help her.
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