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the most helpful, most successful etc situation or results that you can achieve
We all want the best for our children.
It's the best we can do in the circumstances.
the person or thing that is better than any other
She's the best of the new young writers.
do your best
to try as hard as you can to do something
As long as you do your best, we'll be happy.
do your best to do something
She did her best to make him comfortable.
used to emphasize that something is not very good, pleasant, honest etc even if you consider it in the best possible way
The campaign was at best only partially successful.
The technique is at best ineffective and at worst dangerous.
to the best of your ability/knowledge/belief etc
used to say that something is as much as you know, believe, or are able to do
I'm sure he'll do the work to the best of his ability.
not the best of something
used to say that something is not very good or could be better
He hasn't been
in the best of health
They didn't part
on the best of terms
with the best of intentions/for the best of reasons
used to mean that someone does something with good intentions or for good reasons, even if the result is not always good
I'm sure he went there with the best of intentions.
the best of both worlds
a situation in which you have the advantages of two different things without any of the disadvantages
They live in a village but it's only an hour from London so they have the best of both worlds.
at your best
performing as well or effectively as you are able to
At her best, she's a really stylish player.
He was never at his best early in the morning.
make the best of something
to accept a situation which is not very good, and do whatever you can to make it better
We are stuck here so we might as well make the best of it.
make the best of a bad job/situation etc
all the best
used to express good wishes to someone for the future
We'd just like to
all the best
in his new job.
all the best for
All the best for the New Year!
at the best of times
if something is not very good, pleasant etc at the best of times, it is usually even worse than this
It's crowded at the best of times but today it was unbearable.
the best of a bad lot/bunch
the least bad person or thing in a group of not very good people or things
be for the best
used to say that a particular event may seem bad now, but might have a good result later
I still don't want him to go but maybe it's for the best.
your Sunday best
your best clothes, which you only wear on special occasions
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