One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Do something as well as one can under difficult circumstances.
scrape along, scrape by, get along, get by, manage, cope, survive, muddle along, muddle through, fare all right, make the best of a bad job, improvise, make ends meet, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, shift for oneselfView synonyms
- ‘These situations are never good ones to be in, but if we can derive some sort of benefit from it then we can make the best of a bad job.’
- ‘Heritage Property Services tried to make the best of a bad job but, despite the offer of developing a similar site in Pewsey, it bowed out.’
- ‘The truth is that when we turned up at our training camp, and discovered there was no kit, we should have laughed it off, done some PE, shared a pint together and knuckled down to the task of making the best of a bad job.’
- ‘It is recognised that one of the parties in a domestic dispute might want his or her day in court, but this can be expensive and destructive, so if a mediator can reach an agreement it can make the best of a bad job.’
- ‘Determined to make the best of a bad job, he decided to re-investigate the possibility of passing his lorry driver's test and follow family tradition.’
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