Definition of at the best of times in US English:

at the best of times

phrase

  • Even in the most favorable circumstances.

    ‘his memory is poor at the best of times’
    • ‘Not only that, but her voice - a bit raspy at the best of times - sounds downright ragged and weary here.’
    • ‘One should bear in mind that universities have never been a place for the purely money-motivated at the best of times.’
    • ‘See, I'm impatient at the best of times, and P frequently accuses me of wanting everything at once.’
    • ‘But get onto the lesser ring roads and the traffic movement is atrocious at the best of times.’
    • ‘It was a difficult tune to sing at the best of times, and Billy had probably not sung it for years.’
    • ‘Incidentally, the casualty ward is a grim place at the best of times.’
    • ‘In truth, I'm not a great one for beauty contests at the best of times.’
    • ‘Our house was hardly an impregnable fortress at the best of times, and it was easy enough to get in if you'd forgotten your keys.’
    • ‘A car stuffed with drug money crashing outside your record store is a bummer at the best of times, not least opening day.’
    • ‘It is famously difficult to get into Crannog at the best of times.’
    • ‘His job - not easy at the best of times - is to try to persuade the member states to act together, wisely and well.’
    • ‘This would be an unwelcoming place to live in at the best of times.’
    • ‘Shopping can be an exhausting and uncomfortable experience at the best of times, but Christmas shopping?’
    • ‘Joe is somber enough at the best of times, so if a little unpolished, he's not too offensive to watch.’
    • ‘A gloomy - looking man at the best of times, he looked like a miserable, cornered beast.’
    • ‘Writers are monsters at the best of times, but writers who can't write, what do they become?’
    • ‘Being a bus driver has to be a stressful job at the best of times.’
    • ‘But my concern is that they are doing it on the M4, which can be pretty hairy at the best of times.’
    • ‘How do you decide what is right for another person, when you do not know at the best of times what is right for yourself?’
    • ‘After that happens, a case would have to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court which takes several years at the best of times.’