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anything is possible

Any outcome could occur. No one expects the team to advance beyond the first round of the tournament, but, then again, anything is possible. The election is neck and neck. Anything's possible at this point.
See also: anything, possible

best of both possible worlds

The most ideal or desirable attributes of two different things, situations, or circumstances. We hope that by forming a bipartisan committee we will be able form a body that represents the best of both possible worlds. I believe college gives you the best of both possible worlds: a place where both study and social life can thrive.
See also: both, of, possible, world

humanly possible

Realistically possible. Usually used in the phrase "as fast as humanly possible," meaning as fast as a person could possibly go. This cab driver needs to go as fast as humanly possible to give us any chance of making our flight! I got ready as fast as humanly possible and still missed the bus.
See also: humanly, possible

as far as possible

To the maximum amount that can be reached or accomplished. We're driving as far as possible before nightfall. Even though you're home sick right now, you still need to do your schoolwork as far as possible.
See also: far, possible

as soon as

1. Once; immediately when. We'll leave as soon as Jim gets here. As soon as the package arrives, open it.
2. At the earliest opportunity. Call your mother as soon as you can—she's very worried about you.
See also: soon

as soon as possible

At the earliest opportunity. Call your mother as soon as possible—she's very worried about you.
See also: possible, soon

everything humanly possible

Everything that is realistically possible. This is my dream job, so I plan to do everything humanly possible to get it.

be in bad taste

To be inappropriate or offensive. Wearing such a bright outfit to a funeral would be in really poor taste.
See also: bad, taste

be in the worst possible taste

To be inappropriate or offensive. Wearing such a bright outfit to a funeral would be in the worst possible taste.
See also: possible, taste, worst

be in good taste

To be appropriate or acceptable. Consider your audience—comments like that are just not in good taste.
See also: good, taste

be in the best possible taste

To be appropriate or acceptable. If you want to avoid more controversy, don't say anything to your audience that isn't in the best possible taste.
See also: possible, taste

as far as possible

 and so far as possible
as much as possible; to whatever degree is possible. We must try, as far as possible, to get people to stop smoking in buses. As far as possible, the police will issue tickets to all speeding drivers. I'll follow your instructions so far as possible.
See also: far, possible

as soon as

at the moment that; at the time that; when. I fell asleep as soon as I lay down. John ate dinner as soon as he came home.
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everything humanly possible

everything that is in the range of human powers. The rescuers did everything humanly possible to find the lost campers. The doctor tried everything humanly possible to save the patient.

*soon as possible

at the earliest time. (*Also: as ~.) I'm leaving now. I'll be there as soon as possible. Please pay me soon as possible.
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as far as possible

Also, so far as possible. To the greatest extent, degree, or amount that is attainable. For example, I want to drive as far as possible today, or It was very complicated, but he promised to explain it so far as possible.
See also: far, possible

as soon as

1. When, just after, as in Please call me as soon as dinner is ready, or As soon as the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically. [Late 1200s]
2. At the earliest moment that, as in Telephone me as soon as you can. It often takes the form as soon as possible, meaning at the earliest possible moment, as in He'll finish the work as soon as possible. This expression employs possible in the sense of "if it can or could be," a usage dating from the late 1600s.
See also: soon

as quickly, much, soon, etc. as ˈpossible

as quickly, much, soon, etc. as you can: We will get your order to you as soon as possible.
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be in bad, the worst possible, etc. ˈtaste

be offensive and not at all appropriate: Most of his jokes were in very poor taste.
See also: taste, worst

be in good, the best possible, etc. ˈtaste

be appropriate and not at all offensive: They made a few jokes about the management, but it was all done in good taste.
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Possible lowering of credit limits and or increases in interest rates by credit card companies
The centerpiece of the book--Jubien's case against possible worlds--begins with a familiar challenge to Lewisian modal realism and its exotic metaphysics of possible worlds.
synonyms: possible and likely mean capable of becoming true or of actually happening.
Now the causal relation that determines the name's reference is--like any other causal relation--a non-transworld-relation: there is no causal relation the relata of which are members of different possible worlds.
All of this became possible only because of the preceding discoveries, from the discovery of the planet Ceres, to Gauss' discovery of least squares, to the discovery of x-ray diffraction and x-ray crystallography, all of which had been done with no thought of the possible usefulness in improving public health.
Possible downside: Powerful insurance companies might defeat this idea a state less reform-minded than California.
EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE John Lyons (Lab) Possible Lib Dem gain
Therefore, new methods based on complete genomic sequencing will be needed to use genomic information for individual health care in the most effective manner possible.
Because possible selves are multifaceted in nature, the type of mentoring designed to support those possible selves can also be envisioned as multifaceted.
Possible Sources--Poor raw material quality, oxidation during pouring.
Surveillance was implemented with the objectives of improving case finding, describing the spectrum of clinical signs and symptoms of possible anthrax illness, characterizing the population at risk, and determining the magnitude of the outbreak.
But it is still possible to dissent from the war on terrorism.
Akamai's network takes advantage of sophisticated mathematical methods to determine which of the company's worldwide collection of more than 14,000 computers should store a Web site's content so that it can unfailingly get to users in the shortest possible time.
The report recommends for the first time that, among other possible measures to increase security, software makers be held liable for the damage caused (or propagated) by their products.
Application: Using integrated vibration analysis, it is possible to make an accurate diagnosis of the condition of bearings in low-based machines.