Definition of as best one can (or may) in English:

as best one can (or may)

phrase

  • As effectively as possible under the circumstances.

    ‘I went about my job as best I could’
    • ‘Criticising a faulty epistemology won't completely let you off the hook of stating your moral and political preferences, justifying them as best you can, and then acting on them.’
    • ‘I guess you just each day get up and do what has to be done, and whatever the circumstances are, as things change you just cope as best you can.’
    • ‘You protect them as best you can, with your life if need be, from all the dangers that the world carries, but in the end there is always the fear of that sudden swoop of loss and grief, the loss of a child.’
    • ‘Because around here, good moods are like the most delicate flowers in the world and when the hurricanes come, you want to shelter them as best you can lest they be ripped to shreds before your eyes.’
    • ‘You are asked to support this collection as best you can because it is worth remembering that one or two of the retired priests to receive assistance from the proceeds are priests who have served in this parish during past years.’
    • ‘It worked on a points system so it was not necessarily a case of trying to win every event, but do as best you can in each.’
    • ‘She said, ‘It becomes a matter of trying to fit the words as best you can.’’
    • ‘He added: ‘It's not easy but you can't let something like this ruin your life - you have to get on with things as best you can and I am trying to put it behind me.’’
    • ‘I hope you're listening at 12 years old and I hope you'll sit down and tell your stepfather what you're feeling and what you need as best you can.’
    • ‘I mean, it's something that you definitely think about, but, you know, you just have to - you know, you try to get checked as much as you can, and try to take care of yourself as best you can.’
    • ‘I see what you're trying to do, Ms. T, you're simply advocating for your child as best you can.’
    • ‘Certainly depressive illness can strip out the major components of the self and leave to you put yourself back together as best you can after that fact, but that is not the same as the absence of reciprocity I am thinking of here.’
    • ‘And I'm not going to try and deal with all of them, but I'd say for example, one of them's honesty, however painful that might be, you've got to be honest in your dealings with people as best you can.’
    • ‘You just - you don't deal with it, you just go on as best you can.’
    • ‘Also, you just want to do the job as best you can, and if you think you're doing the job well, that gives you satisfaction.’
    • ‘And I've been through a few hurricanes myself and I know that once you're in one, you know, you've just got to take your chances as best you can.’
    • ‘You try to tell the story as best you can, covering the church the way you would City Hall or the White House.’
    • ‘Of course, you ignore these sounds as best you can, but they never disappear completely unless you leave the city and its noises behind and journey to places where human beings have yet to kill nature.’
    • ‘You are here, existing and making the best of it, and getting through life as best you can.’
    • ‘‘You live with it as best you can,’ he said.’