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- • at best• at the bestadv. phr.1. Under the best conditions; as the best possibility.
A coal miner's job is dirty and dangerous at best.
We can't get to New York before ten o'clock at best.Compare: at most Contrast: at worst2. In the most favorable way of looking at something; even saying the best about the thing.
The treasurer had at best been careless with the club's money, but most people thought he had been dishonest.
Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". Оригинал: A.Маккей, М.Т.Боткер, Дж.И.Гейтс. 1997.
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