At best
Best Best, n. Utmost; highest endeavor or state; most nearly perfect thing, or being, or action; as, to do one's best; to the best of our ability. [1913 Webster]

{At best}, in the utmost degree or extent applicable to the case; under the most favorable circumstances; as, life is at best very short.

{For best}, finally. [Obs.] ``Those constitutions . . . are now established for best, and not to be mended.'' --Milton.

{To get the best of}, to gain an advantage over, whether fairly or unfairly.

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • at best — ► at best taking the most optimistic view. Main Entry: ↑best …   English terms dictionary

  • at best — adverb under the best of conditions (Freq. 4) at best we ll lose only the money • Syn: ↑at the best • Ant: ↑at worst * * * at best Assuming the most favourable conditions • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • at best — or[at the best] {adv. phr.} 1. Under the best conditions; as the best possibility. * /A coal miner s job is dirty and dangerous at best./ * /We can t get to New York before ten o clock at best./ Compare: AT MOST. Contrast: AT WORST. 2. In the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at best — or[at the best] {adv. phr.} 1. Under the best conditions; as the best possibility. * /A coal miner s job is dirty and dangerous at best./ * /We can t get to New York before ten o clock at best./ Compare: AT MOST. Contrast: AT WORST. 2. In the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • at best — / æt best/ adverb ♦ buy at best an instruction to a stockbroker to buy securities at the best price available, even if it is high ♦ sell at best an instruction to a stockbroker to sell shares at the best price possible …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • at best — used for showing that something is not very good by emphasizing that your description of it is the best thing you can say about it His chances of victory are, at best, uncertain. The government s response seems to have been at best confused and… …   English dictionary

  • At Best — An order to fill a transaction at the most desirable price available, and as quickly as possible. At best transactions can either be applied to equities or currencies where the trader would attempt to get the best possible price or rate… …   Investment dictionary

  • at best — in the most satisfactory conditions. This truce could last only a short time at best and, at worst, would fall apart in a week. Opposite of: at worst …   New idioms dictionary

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