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 […]
- Best shot
best shot Contemporary Examples Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview Alex Belth February 15, 2014 Obama’s Olympic Disaster Richard Wolffe October 1, 2009 The Funniest WHCD Speech Bill Clinton Never Delivered Mark Katz April 25, 2013 Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Live In: Kevin Baker’s New York Allen […]