damnedest

noun

damned·​est ˈdam-dəst How to pronounce damnedest (audio)
variants or damndest
: utmost, best
used chiefly in the phrase do one's damnedest
doing my damnedest to win

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Human explorers are doing their damnedest to expand our species’ influence to every corner of the globe, from the highest peaks to the ocean floor. Ryan Huling, Wired, 21 Jan. 2020 Heck, even West Virginia has such a law, and that state’s been doing its damnedest to displace Mississippi as 50th in Everything. al, 1 Oct. 2019 Ever since Captain America went *back* into the ice, Waid’s run has been a bit bizarre, but with first Chris Samnee and now artists who are doing their damnedest to make the run visually consistent, the art has been stellar. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, 7 May 2018 For as long as she's been in the public eye, Tyra Banks has been open and vulnerable about what goes on behind the scenes in the modeling world — and has done her damnedest to change it. refinery29.com, 28 Mar. 2018 But Walmart, the biggest retailer in the U.S., is doing its damnedest to convince that customer to get into some shorter shorts. Cam Wolf, GQ, 1 Mar. 2018 And Robbie Ray has done his damnedest in that department. Si.com Staff, SI.com, 12 Feb. 2018 As viewers have flocked to CNN and MSNBC for the latest on Trump’s scandals, Hannity has done his damnedest to ignore them, casting about desperately for other topics to cover. Will Oremus, Slate Magazine, 23 May 2017 One of the great joys of these routines is watching Martin do his damnedest not to crack up. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 20 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of damnedest was in 1682

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“Damnedest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damnedest. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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