go to great lengths
- (idiomatic) To make a major effort; to be very careful when doing something, especially to an extreme or excessive degree.
- 2008, José Rodrigues does Santos, Codex 632: The Secret Identity of Christopher Columbus (trans. from the Portuguese by Alison Entrekin), William Morrow (2008), ISBN 9780061173189, page 262:
- 2009, Diego Gambetta, Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate, Princeton University Press (2009), ISBN 9780691119373, page 272:
- Most scholars writing on the mafia were going to great lengths to demonstrate that it did not exist—and the mobsters wanted to keep their brotherhood secret.
- 2013, Chad R. Torgerson, Waking Up Catholic: A Guide to Catholic Beliefs for Converts, Reverts, and Anyone Becoming Catholic, Assisi Media (2013), ISBN 9780989531900, page 62:
- As a father, I would go to great lengths to protect my children.
make a major effort