Definition of with the best will in the world in US English:

with the best will in the world

phrase

  • However good one's intentions (used to imply that success in a particular undertaking is unlikely although desired).

    • ‘But, with the best will in the world, we can't be in two places at once.’
    • ‘I have older children at home and even with the best will in the world, it is not always easy to find the time.’
    • ‘We are working flat out with all interested parties to try to make this work, but with the best will in the world, it will not be ready by September.’
    • ‘I don't think, with the best will in the world, that the staff are going to be able to clean it all up.’
    • ‘Even with the best will in the world, however, not all mentoring programmes work according to plan.’
    • ‘As it stands, the police are doing a tremendous job, but with the best will in the world, they don't have the legal expertise of lawyers.’
    • ‘And with the best will in the world, it is doubtful that the number of spaces will be increased so greatly as to compensate for this.’
    • ‘Against this it must be realised that accommodation is in very short supply and, with the best will in the world, we cannot always comply with every request.’
    • ‘Even with the best will in the world, the shortage of intensive care nurses will not be fixed overnight.’
    • ‘Understandably, they want their children to learn about their own pasts and cultural traditions in a way that, with the best will in the world, cannot be taught in a Scottish school.’