go out of your way

Meaning(s)

1. make an extra effort to do something

Popularity

High

Professional

High

Social

Check Icon How to Memorize

don't go out of your way, went out of my way

Check Icon Analysis

When you 'go out if your way' you make a special effort or go beyond what is expected in order to do something. 'To go out of your way' implies that the extra effort may be inconvenient or difficult. You will hear this used often in social contexts. "I would love to visit you for dinner, but please don't go out of your way." It can also be used to talk about travel plans. You might 'go out of your way' if you chose not to take the direct route somewhere.

Check Icon Social Examples (Basic)

  1. Please don't go out of your way to make me comfortable, I'm fine with sleeping on the floor.
  2. Don't go out of your way but if you were passing by the shop can you pick a few things up for me?

Check Icon Professional Examples (Basic)

  1. went out of my way to get you hired, so do your best and don't make me regret it.
  2. The team went out of their way and bought a cake and other treats to make the new employee feel welcome.

Related Links