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English definition of “be all (that) you can do”

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be all (that) you can do

informal
If it is all (that) you can do to do something, you are trying very hard to do it and it is difficult: This is so boring, it's all I can do to stay awake.
Translations of “be all (that) you can do”
in Chinese (Traditional) 盡己所能, 咬牙苦撐…
in Chinese (Simplified) 尽己所能, 咬牙苦撑…
(Definition of be all (that) you can do from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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