damned·​est | \ ˈdam-dəst How to pronounce damnedest (audio) \
variants: or damndest

Definition of damnedest

: utmost, best used chiefly in the phrase do one's damnedest doing my damnedest to win

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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, "WW #99: 'Avengers: Infinity War' an inoffensive chore -- but it had its moments," 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, "Why Tyra Banks Doesn't Want You To Judge Her Nose Job," 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, "Walmart Wants to Sell You Fashion," 1 Mar. 2018 And Robbie Ray has done his damnedest in that department. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "SI's Top 100 MLB Players of 2018: Nos. 100–51," 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, "Why Sean Hannity Needed the Seth Rich Conspiracy," 23 May 2017 One of the great joys of these routines is watching Martin do his damnedest not to crack up. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Comedic Legend Jerry Lewis Dead at 91," 20 Aug. 2017 Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and founder of his namesake firm, has been doing his damnedest to fend off accusations of alleged impropriety, even as news organizations attempt to dredge up anything that might be construed as an unseemly tie to the Kremlin. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Russian Cyber Firm Kaspersky Aches Amid Strained U.S. Relations," 16 July 2017 FacebookPinterestMark Wilson/Getty Images Mitch McConnell, the real evil one, is doing his damnedest to take health care away from millions and millions of Americans. Jack Moore, GQ, "Report: Mitch McConnell Wants to Jam This Health-Care Bill Through in Secret Before the July 4 Recess," 20 June 2017

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1682, in the meaning defined above

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to make or get by devious means

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