by any means necessary

Meaning(s)

1. do anything and everything to make something happen

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achieve something by any means necessary

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The idiom to do something by 'any means necessary' means that something needs to be done no matter what it takes. The implication in this phrase is that drastic measures may be necessary in order to get something done, such as using resources, spending money or underhand activity.

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  1. At the meeting, he was given permission to fight for the contract by any means necessary.
  2. The best man had the responsibility of protecting the wedding ring by any means necessary.
  3. The unscrupulous company was under investigation because they made their profits by any means necessary.

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  1. This order needs to be fulfilled by Tuesday by any means necessary.
  2. I need to move this stock by any means necessary so if someone makes a reasonable offer just accept it.

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