Definition of make the best of a bad job in English:

make the best of a bad job

phrase

British
  • Do something as well as one can under difficult circumstances.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 oneself
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