Definition of be for (or all for) the best in US English:

be for (or all for) the best

phrase

  • Be desirable in the end, although not at first seeming so.

    • ‘So, no picture of Mom and maybe it's all for the best, huh?’
    • ‘Though her departure from the estate was a bittersweet one, she knew it was for the best, for although she did not know entirely where she belonged, she knew it wasn't there.’
    • ‘She didn't know the answers to her questions, but maybe that was for the best.’
    • ‘10 years ago my parents divorced, and it was for the best.’
    • ‘I thought maybe that was for the best because that way if I made a fool of myself and fell off or something, at least Ben and the other guys would not see it.’
    • ‘Still - reading what I've just written, maybe it was for the best.’
    • ‘Maybe it was for the best that they went their separate ways then, instead of dragging it out and getting more hurt.’
    • ‘I think maybe it would be for the best if we just forgot I ever wrote this post.’
    • ‘I knew that he could tell that I wasn't happy about the decision, but maybe it was for the best.’
    • ‘Uncle Bill put a lot of work into a failed effort, but maybe it was for the best.’
    • ‘He has brought nothing but death, destruction and fear, maybe a change is for the best.’
    • ‘Maybe it was for the best that Deimos expressed no interest in her.’
    • ‘Maybe that was for the best, considering Kelsey knows and she thinks we're crazy.’
    • ‘Maybe it would be for the best if I set out some facts.’
    • ‘Maybe it was for the best though, she thought, she had to deal with her own problems, they'd catch up to her anyway.’
    • ‘Maybe it is for the best if you stay away from the rallies, Weller.’
    • ‘I know I've been the one pushing this football thing, but maybe it would be for the best if you quit.’
    • ‘I explained it was for the best, said I was sorry and asked for forgiveness. 2 days later I woke to find no peace of mind, no nirvana, just a failed suicide and the continual nightmare.’
    • ‘I'm not surprised how things ended for one character in particular; this person has been going downhill for awhile, so the end they had was for the best in that sense.’
    • ‘But if this was causing her problems already maybe it would be for the best…’