stop at nothing


Do everything in one's power, be prevented by no obstacle, as in She'll stop at nothing to get her revenge. This expression was first recorded in John Dryden's Aurengzebe (1676): “The World is made for the bold impious man; Who stops at nothing, seizes all he can.”

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