: by doing whatever is needed
He vowed that he would succeed by any means necessary.
Recent Examples on the Web Bless the women who have become mothers by any means necessary. —Emily Krauser, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2023 These are games the Patriots have to win by any means necessary, with anyone available. —Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2022 Thanks to a combination of widespread immunity, effective COVID-19 treatments and a more benign virus, there’s less reason to suppress viral spread by any means necessary, said Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease doctor who conducts public health research at UC San Francisco. —Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 With that reform in shambles, and the possibility of any other legislation years off, a share of the climate movement will likely redirect its energy toward cutting emissions by any means necessary. —Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 What makes this even more dangerous is that the Republican Party’s elite funders and leadership are working hand in hand to suppress and subvert the Democratic vote by any means necessary in states all across the country. —Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 21 June 2022 For reasons both as personal as saving the few remaining witchers and as universal as preventing the end of the world, there’s a legitimate argument that Ciri needs to be stopped by any means necessary. —Scott Meslow, Vulture, 19 Dec. 2021 But Paul says that most of the time, the parties involved are of the same mind: As long as the financials work, figure out a deal to keep a show going by any means necessary. —Michael Schneider, Variety, 15 Dec. 2021 Jackson needs to start wrapping up in the open field as Briggs advised, getting the ball carrier down by any means necessary. —Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 23 Oct. 2021 See More
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