1) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR to-inf If you say that you will do your damnedest to achieve something, you mean that you will try as hard as you can to do it, even though you think that it will take a lot of effort. [INFORMAL, RUDE]

I did my damnedest to persuade her.

2) ADJ-SUPERL: ADJ n (emphasis) If you say that something is the damnedest thing, you are emphasizing that it is surprising or odd. [INFORMAL, RUDE]

Today I heard somebody say the damnedest thing about Cross...

You pick the damnedest places to eat!

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  • damnedest — also damndest, originally damnedst, 1830, superlative of damned (see DAMN (Cf. damn)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • damnedest — damned|est1 [ dæmdəst ] noun do your damnedest INFORMAL to make your best effort to do something: We knew he would do his damnedest to get it to us on time. damnedest damned|est 2 [ dæmdəst ] adjective OLD FASHIONED most strange or surprising:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • damnedest — adjective informal especially AmE 1 the damnedest thing/luck etc the most unusual or surprising thing etc: That machine was the damnedest thing you ever saw! 2 do your damnedest to try very hard to make something work or succeed: I ll do my… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • damnedest — 1. adjective Surprising, remarkable, amazing. And the damnedest thing happened. I was dreaming, but in my dream I was dreaming. It was the damnedest thing, really. 2. noun Ones best effort. Fancy was doing her damnedest to pull her own oar and… …   Wiktionary

  • damnedest — damned|est [ˈdæmdıst] adj spoken not polite 1.) do/try your damnedest to try very hard to do something ▪ I ll do my damnedest to fix it, but I can t promise anything. 2.) [only before noun] used to emphasize that something is unusual, surprising… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • damnedest — or damndest noun Date: 1682 utmost, best used chiefly in the phrase do one s damnedest < doing my damnedest to win > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • damnedest — n. (colloq.) utmost to do, try one s damnedest * * * [ dæmdɪst] try one s damnedest (colloq.) [ utmost ] to do …   Combinatory dictionary

  • damnedest — I UK [ˈdæmdɪst] / US [ˈdæmdəst] adjective old fashioned most strange or surprising People write to us about the damnedest things. II UK [ˈdæmdɪst] / US [ˈdæmdəst] noun do your damnedest …   English dictionary

  • damnedest — damned•est [[t]ˈdæm dɪst[/t]] adj. 1) most extraordinary or amazing: It was the damnedest thing I d ever seen[/ex] 2) inf best; utmost: We did our damnedest to finish on time[/ex] • Etymology: 1820–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • damnedest — /dam dist/, n. Informal. best; utmost: They did their damnedest to finish on time. [1820 30; DAMNED + EST1] * * * …   Universalium

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