go the extra mile

Meaning(s)

1. make a special effort to do something

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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go the extra mile to help someone

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To 'go the extra mile' means to put in extra effort to do or achieve something. Similar in meaning to 'go above and beyond' and 'go the whole hog'. "Five-star service means always going the extra mile for our clients." "My mother always goes the extra mile to make the holidays special for us all."

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  1. Gary is a great friend. If I'm ever in any kind of trouble, I can always rely on him to go the extra mile to help me out.
  2. Not only did Ann pick me up from the hospital when I broke my arm, but she also went the extra mile and made me food to eat and did my grocery shopping.

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  1. One of Claire's best qualities is her willingness to go the extra mile to make sure a task is done right, even though that often means she works much longer hours than other staff members.
  2. Going the extra mile to provide our customers with the best possible service is what our company prides itself on. That is why our stores will now open twenty-four hours a day.

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