Nearby words

  1. bessemer converter,
  2. bessemer process,
  3. bessemer steel,
  4. bessemer, sir henry,
  5. bessie,
  6. best bib and tucker,
  7. best boy,
  8. best end,
  9. best girl,
  10. best in show

Idioms

Origin of best

before 900; Middle English beste, Old English betst, best; cognate with Dutch best, Old High German bezzist (German best), Old Norse bezt, Gothic batists. See better1, -est1

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British Dictionary definitions for at best

Word Origin for best

Old English betst; related to Gothic batista, Old High German bezzist

Best

/ (bɛst) /

noun

Charles Herbert . 1899–1978, Canadian physiologist: associated with Banting and Macleod in their discovery of insulin in 1922
George . 1946–2005, Northern Ireland footballer
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Word Origin and History for at best
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Medicine definitions for at best

Best

[ bĕst ]
Charles Herbert 1899-1978

American-born Canadian physiologist noted for the discovery and successful clinical application of insulin.

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Science definitions for at best

Best

[ bĕst ]
Charles Herbert 1899-1978

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with at best

at best

Under the most favorable circumstances, as in At best we'll be just one week behind schedule, or Cleaning out the attic is a tedious job at best. This idiom, formerly also put as at the best, today is most often used in situations that are actually far from ideal, as in the examples above. [First half of 1300s] For an antonym, see at worst.

best

In addition to the idioms beginning with best

  • best bib and tucker
  • best of both worlds, the
  • best part of something
  • best shot

also see:

  • all for the best
  • all the best
  • as best one can
  • at best
  • at one's best
  • come off (second-best)
  • do one's best
  • get the better (best) of
  • give it one's best shot
  • had better (best)
  • make the best of it
  • on one's best behavior
  • put one's best foot forward
  • second best
  • Sunday best
  • in one's (best) interest
  • to the best of one's ability
  • with the best of them
  • with the best will in the world

Also see underbetter.

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