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At best

  • adverb under the best of conditions
    at best.
    • at best we'll lose only the money
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  • in the utmost degree or extent applicable to the case; under the most favorable circumstances; as, life is at best very short.
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at the best

  • adverb under the best of conditions
    at best.
    • at best we'll lose only the money
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best and greatest

  • noun an epithet for Jupiter
    Jupiter Optimus Maximus.
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best evidence rule

  • noun a rule of evidence requiring that to prove the content of a writing or recording or photograph the original is required
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best friend

  • noun the one friend who is closest to you
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Best man

  • noun the principal groomsman at a wedding
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  • the only or principal groomsman at a wedding ceremony.
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best of all

  • adverb especially fortunate
    • best of all, we don't have any homework!
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best seller

  • noun a book that has had a large and rapid sale
    bestseller.
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best-known

  • adjective satellite most familiar or renowned
    • Stevenson's best-known work is probably `Treasure Island'
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best-loved

  • adjective satellite preferred above all others and treated with partiality
    preferent; favored; pet; favorite; preferred; favourite.
    • the favored child
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best-selling

  • adjective satellite selling in great numbers
    • a best-selling novel
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c. h. best

  • noun Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)
    C. H. Best; Best.
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charles herbert best

  • noun Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978)
    C. H. Best; Best.
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do one's best

  • verb perform a task as well as possible
    do one's best; go all out; give full measure.
    • The cast gives full measure every night
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For best

  • finally. Obs. "Those constitutions . . . are now established for best, and not to be mended." Milton.
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get the best

  • verb overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome
    get the best; overcome.
    • Heart disease can get the best of us
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give one's best

  • verb perform a task as well as possible
    do one's best; go all out; give full measure.
    • The cast gives full measure every night
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had best

  • verb act in one's own or everybody's best interest
    do well.
    • You will do well to arrive on time tomorrow!
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have the best

  • verb overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome
    get the best; overcome.
    • Heart disease can get the best of us
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level best

  • noun the greatest possible degree
    uttermost; utmost; maximum.
    • he tried his utmost
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second best

  • noun the competitor who finishes second
    runner-up.
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second-best

  • adjective satellite next to the best
    • his second-best bed
  • adverb in second place
    • he came off second-best
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sunday best

  • noun the best attire you have which is worn to church on Sunday
    Sunday clothes.
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To do one's best, To do one's diligence

  • (and the like), to exert one's self; to put forth one's best or most or most diligent efforts. "We will . . . do our best to gain their assent." Jowett (Thucyd.).
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To get the best o

  • f, to gain an advantage over, whether fairly or unfairly.
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To get the better of, To get the best of

  • to obtain an advantage over; to surpass; to subdue.
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To make the best of

  • . (a) To improve to the utmost; to use or dispose of to the greatest advantage. "Let there be freedom to carry their commodities where they can make the best of them." Bacon. (b) To reduce to the least possible inconvenience; as, to make the best of ill fortune or a bad bargain.
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To put the best foot foremost

  • to make a good appearance; to do one's best. Colloq.
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