Benefits from two seemingly opposed alternatives, as in Jenny taught in the morning only and worked on her book afternoons, so she had the best of both worlds . Charles Kingsley used this idiom in Westward Ho! (1855): “Make the best of both worlds.” Also see make the best of it
- Best part of something
Nearly all of something, the majority, as in The dentist was late; I waited for the best part of an hour. The adjective best here does not concern quality but quantity. [ First half of 1500s ] Also see: better half, def. 1.
- Best practice
Often, best practices. a procedure or set of procedures that is preferred or considered standard within an organization, industry, etc.: The company adopted best practice in employee recruitment. At the meeting we reviewed best practices for communicating with clients. Their methodology was identified as a best practice. Historical Examples Baseball Joe of the Silver Stars […]
a book that is among those having the largest sales during a given period. any product that among those of its kind is selling particularly well at a given time: This car was a bestseller last year. Contemporary Examples Aslan vs. Beinart: A Daily Beast Debate Reza Aslan, Peter Beinart January 31, 2009 What If […]