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it was all I could do to do something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishit was all I could do to do somethingit was all I could do to do somethingused to say that you only just succeeded in doing something It was all I could do to stop them hitting each other. all
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it was all I could do to do somethingI followed one up the motorway just yesterday and it was all I could do to not retch.When pro golfer Tiger Woods won the Masters two weeks ago, it was all I could do to suppress a yawn.
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