Definition of make the best of in US English:

make the best of

phrase

  • 1Derive what limited advantage one can from (something unsatisfactory or unwelcome)

    ‘you'll just have to make the best of the situation’
    • ‘To his supporters, Washington was making the best of limited opportunities for African Americans in the South.’
    • ‘I have made mistakes but what is important is making the best of the resources available to me.’
    • ‘The inside barrier is a real advantage in a two-year-old race and Kenneth made the best of it leading with Indecent Exposure and Crown Pilot on its outside.’
    • ‘Although crippled in many ways, it has found new means of program delivery and has made the best of what was possible on its radically reduced budget.’
    • ‘As tacky as most modern decorations are it's amazing what a little tinsel and a few lights can do to enhance the feeling - especially when genuine effort has gone into making the best of meagre resources.’
    • ‘He frequently makes the best of limited opportunities, and was again seen to advantage aboard Forest Leader in the moderate Rathkeale Handicap Hurdle.’
    • ‘The complete tour of a Tokyo apartment - compact and bijou, but clean, light and equipped with modern equipment to make the best of the limited space.’
    • ‘Frustrated travelers made the best of a bad day’
    • ‘The production makes the best of the limited space of the top floor of Bewley's.’
    • ‘The prevailing ethos on No Disco seemed a bit more thoughtful, a bit more arty, making the best of an obviously limited budget.’
    • ‘Nnetheless, even though we cannot make what we think we want to come true, we can make the best of the possibilities that we have.’
    • ‘There is probably no way that this can be done adequately, and researchers have had to make the best of the limited access that has been granted them.’
    • ‘Dr Bass manages to combine humility with humanity and while he never exactly makes me feel good about having cancer, I feel that together we can make the best of a bad deal.’
    • ‘Project finance made the best of a tough year, finding ways to fund unglamorous Latin American fertilizer and oil projects despite the plunging price of crude and sovereign downgrades.’
    • ‘They're examples of how that stoic, struggle on and make the best of a bad deal and tough times attitude can work against you sometimes.’
    • ‘Charlotte, who is making the best of life coping with M.E. and maintains a pleasant outgoing nature, says she would love to do the things her friends can do, such as canoeing and other sports, going out and going to school.’
    • ‘The host country and the coach, in particular, made the best of the limited talent at its disposal and beat Italy by a golden goal.’
    • ‘We have to make the best of the resources we have, especially with a double-header ahead of us in the World Cup qualifying campaign.’
    • ‘As a result they don't capture the learning potential of successful health initiatives developed in countries long honed to making the best of meagre resources.’
    • ‘It was a difficult speech to give, but I think she made the best of a bad job.’
    • ‘You can complain, or you can make the best of it.’
    • ‘Adie, of course, is a bit of a trooper, experienced in making the best of difficult situations.’
    • ‘In the early stages the smooth boxing Hare easily countered the onrushing Cherchari who was not making the best of his height and reach advantages.’
    make the best of, get by on, get by with, put to the best use, make the most of
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    1. 1.1 Use (resources) as well as possible.
      ‘he tried to make the best of his talents’
      • ‘Silage cutting is at full force as well as baled hay and farmers are making the best of the better weather to save the crops with less hassle than 2002.’
      • ‘In addition to using skills such as maths and English, the youngsters would learn how to see opportunities and make the best of their resources.’
      • ‘He has been phenomenal at making the best of what he has got.’
      • ‘There is a determination to do well, to make the best of the resources available to him, but what is the key to getting back on the winning track?’
      • ‘The emphasis is making the best of what we already have.’
      • ‘With the recent spell of reasonably fine, dry weather everyone is making the best of it.’
      • ‘He encouraged them in every way possible to make the best of their respective strengths.’
      • ‘Rochdale Council street lighting team leader Dave Ralphs said workmen had to make the best of all the working days before the lights are switched on.’
      • ‘However, Tchaikovsky showed it was possible to make the best of both worlds.’
      • ‘We have to make the best of whatever cards we have been given.’
      • ‘Let us make the best of this virtue by living it, by making colour, caste, language and similar distinctions irrelevant among us.’
      • ‘Sailors in Scotland's Capital Ship have made the best of unusually good weather to take a brief but dramatic tour of remote South Georgia.’
      • ‘We have to make the best of our maritime resources in all aspects.’
      • ‘We all look forward to a future that will see generations of Rotherham children making the best of all their abilities.’
      • ‘He has proved himself at Leicester and Celtic, in each case making the best of his resources.’
      • ‘Given those common-sense measures, it should be possible for most of us to make the best of Britain's rare sunny days and stay safe.’
      • ‘This is about making the best of what you have got,’ he said.’
      • ‘Its really easy to be frustrated… but isn't life all about making the best of what you have?’
      • ‘We have here the where-with-all to make the best of all possible amenities.’
      • ‘It's just a question of Papua New Guinea making the best of the resources that are available to it.’