from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Superlative of damned.
- n. All that is possible; the utmost: did my damnedest to deliver the term paper on time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. superlative form of damned: most damned.
- adj. Surprising, remarkable, amazing.
- n. One's best effort.
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"Between myself I hadn't called it the 'damnedest' anything.
I really do have the damnedest time admitting that I need things and asking for them.
And the damnedest thing about it, is that up until a couple of weeks ago, nearly everyone on the left was prepared to defend this practice.
Nilsen: I'm doing my damnedest to get Big Questions done.
Hazel "had tried her damnedest to make amends," Mr. Margolick writes.
Of course the right is doing its damnedest to make me like her, with gay-baiting and slavery-defending their most offensive opening bids.
So if you don't want me to throw out my back chucking you out of that there window, you're going to pick this stuff up, walk out of here, and try your damnedest to show a little respect to the dead.
"It was the damnedest thing, Spencer, and I never knew just why, but that old man loved you."
The world's in a hell of a mess, but what a time for you to take it in your own hands and do your damnedest.
"You play to win, you try your damnedest," Fouts says.