to go to great lengths

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - go to great lengths

"to go to great lengths"

to try extremely hard to achieve a result


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go to great lengths

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Sheryl sure is working hard to get that next promotion.

Colleague 2:  Yes, she works until eight every night and most weekends.  She has even been taking an MBA over the internet.

Colleague 1:  I guess she is willing to go to great lengths to get a promotion.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go to great lengths

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard about that man who lost his dog?

Friend 2:  I saw him on the news. He has taken extreme measures to find his dog. He has crawled through sewer pipes, climbed up deer stands, walked across fields marked as gun targets, searched from an airplane and hired professional trackers in desperate attempts to find the canine.

Friend 1:  He must really love his dog if he is willing to go to such great lengths to find it.

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to go to great lengths - Gerund Form:

Going to great lengths to help your friend is admirable.

to go to great lengths - Examples:

1)  Wells does not go to great lengths in describing the time machine nor how it works. He lays the foundation of ...

2)  In some cases he would go to great lengths to snare a particularly valuable scientist, offering lucrative financial incentives along with unprecedented freedom ...

3)  People will go to great lengths, embracing just about any treatment that seems reasonable, to avoid pain.

4)  Competition for this space is intense, and journalists will go to great lengths to get access.

5)  I don't go to great lengths to get out of taxes. I just fill out the IRS forms honestly and ...

6)  ... 1970s, when racial-preference programs were getting off the ground, universities went to great lengths to admit black students who were the first in their families to attend college.

7)  Taylor went to great lengths to research letters, documents, diaries, and other records for information on Paul ...

8)  Doc sometimes went to great lengths, even illegal acts, that would allow him to complete his projects.

9)  That Bill Clinton went to great lengths to avoid the Vietnam-era draft, that he used political connections to obtain special favors ...

10)  My son, Dylan, like many other dyslexic children, went to great lengths to disguise his challenges. He employed his excellent oral vocabulary, sophisticated humor and ...

11)  The government has gone to great lengths and jumped over a lot of hurdles, likely at tremendous cost to Canadians, ...

12)  The makers of replica Gucci handbags seem to have gone to great lengths to ensure they use the right same materials used in the originals.

13)  I've gone to great lengths to keep my son believing in Santa Claus, and now I'm talking to ...

14)  That's why I've gone to great lengths to source the info in a such a way that they can't deny it.

15)  ... said that as boys, teenagers and young adults, they've gone to great lengths to prove their masculinity: playing aggressive sports in super-aggressive ways, sexual conquests, ...

16)  ... encourage working Canadians to save for retirement, and the Federal government goes to great lengths to make sure it is used for that purpose.

17)  Narrator Hugh Ross goes to great lengths to bring his considerable expressive power to bear on the meaning of the lines but ...

18)  Natalie clearly dotes on her son and goes to great lengths -- and great expense -- to spend quality time with him. 

19)  The author goes to great lengths in tracing the historical foundations of the problem, its development, and its influence ...

20)  When someone goes to great lengths to contemplate something, it is revealing some sort of inner conflict.