In the head to head, surveying only Republican primary voters, McConnell bests Bevin 55 percent to 29 percent.
Not a single one of them—not Herman Cain nor Mitt Romney nor Rick Perry—bests a badly weakened Barack Obama in the latest polls.
When he himself agitated for that Smiley multiplied the bests upon her as long as there to him remained a red.
She felt that she was an old woman, and 'second bests' her lot in the coming years.
She should have not one trade but twenty hobbies; she, unlike the man, may develop all her second bests.
Other youths were wearing gaudy ties and imperilling their Sunday bests; he was letting precious time slip.
The whole is an extravagant riot of second bests, a pandemonium of pis-aller.
Old English beste, reduced by assimilation of -t- from earlier Old English betst "best, first, in the best manner," originally superlative of bot "remedy, reparation," the root word now only surviving in to boot (see boot (n.2)), though its comparative, better, and superlative, best, have been transferred to good (and in some cases well). From Proto-Germanic root *bat-, with comparative *batizon and superlative *batistaz (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Middle Dutch best, Old High German bezzist, German best, Old Norse beztr, Gothic batists).
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' menBest-seller as short for "best-selling book" is from 1902, apparently originally in the publishing trade; best friend was in Chaucer (late 14c.). Best girl is first attested 1881, American English; best man is 1814, originally Scottish, replacing groomsman. To be able to do something with the best of them is recorded by 1748.
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
"to get the better of," 1863, from best (adj.). Related: Bested; besting.
c.1200, from best (adj.).
Best (běst), Charles Herbert. 1899-1978.
American-born Canadian physiologist noted for the discovery and successful clinical application of insulin.
American-born Canadian physiologist who assisted Frederick Banting in the discovery of the hormone insulin. In acknowledgment of his work, Banting shared his portion of the 1923 Nobel Prize with Best. In addition to further refining the use of insulin, Best later discovered the vitamin choline and the enzyme histaminase, which breaks down histamine.