Definition of do (or try) one's best in US English:

do (or try) one's best


  • Do all one can.

    ‘Ruth did her best to reassure her’
    • ‘All the previous presidents insisted upon trying their best to bring about some sort of accommodation between Israel and its nation neighbors.’
    • ‘I have always been a great believer in trying your best to get into good positions in sport.’
    • ‘You also drive under pressure all day trying your best to keep your bus on time.’
    • ‘And it makes for a really good story - a composite portrait of four bizarre characters tangled up together by circumstances and trying their best to get through them in one piece.’
    • ‘In general, behind every happy and successful child, there is a hard-working, conscientious adult trying their best to pull off the difficult trick of parenthood.’
    • ‘The man in the grey jacket slinks out of the bar and into a dark alley but the students are busy studying cakes in shop windows, rifling through papers at a news kiosk and trying their best to look natural.’
    • ‘The thinking goes, ‘My parents are trying their best, so I shouldn't complain.’’
    • ‘We know we are in for a fight so everyone's pulling together and trying their best.’
    • ‘People have faced up to the issues and are trying their best to bring communities together.’
    • ‘Democrats control neither Congress nor the White House, but they are trying their best to control the judicial nominating process.’
    • ‘They are taking steps to live in harmony with Nature, using no more than they really need, trying their best not to infringe on the rights of others in their quest for survival.’
    • ‘You are there on the stage and everyone is looking closely at you, trying their best to find out how you are doing the trick.’
    • ‘‘We submit the prosecution witnesses were essentially trying their best to tell you the truth of what they recall happened that night,’ he said.’
    • ‘Alex was watching, so the United players were all trying their best and we got hammered.’
    • ‘Although her parents have been trying their best to get her to settle down and get married, she has managed to avoid it so far, claiming that she enjoys being single and independent.’
    • ‘But now I realize everybody's trying their best.’
    • ‘‘I'm reasonably happy with the performance because the 15 were trying their best and you can't ask any more of them,’ he said.’
    • ‘Mrs Jones said: ‘The police have been fantastic and I know they are trying their best.’’
    • ‘You're trying your best to create, in front of the camera, some approximation of the real world.’
    • ‘People are trying their best to make the town look attractive but rubbish really spoils it.’
    do one's utmost, try one's hardest, try as hard as one can, make every effort, spare no effort, do all one can, give one's all, be at pains
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