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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
if you can You should avoid that topic as far as possible.
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as soon as possible

in the least amount of time there can be We need an ambulance as soon as possible! Someone has been hurt!
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as soon as

when We'll come as soon as we can.
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as soon as something

immediately after something As soon as the kids fall asleep, the phone rings.
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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
The fact, however, that this thought did not occur to me until the following day removes any possible right to a claim to heroism to which the narration of this episode might possibly otherwise entitle me.
I found a large chamber, possibly a hundred feet in diameter and thirty or forty feet in height; a smooth and well-worn floor, and many other evidences that the cave had, at some remote period, been inhabited.
Indeed, I do not see that you could possibly place her anywhere else.
Or possibly it might belong to a friendly people, and have wandered by accident almost within the clutches of the pirates and the therns.
I therefore put the issue squarely to you all; shall we bury our animosities and work together with and for one another while we remain upon Caprona, or must we continue thus divided and but half armed, possibly until death has claimed the last of us?
At the inquest upon his body the book was not put in evidence; possibly the coroner thought it not worth while to confuse the jury.
On my return home, it occurred to me, in 1837, that something might perhaps be made out on this question by patiently accumulating and reflecting on all sorts of facts which could possibly have any bearing on it.
A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question; and this cannot possibly be here done.
As many more individuals of each species are born than can possibly survive; and as, consequently, there is a frequently recurring struggle for existence, it follows that any being, if it vary however slightly in any manner profitable to itself, under the complex and sometimes varying conditions of life, will have a better chance of surviving, and thus be naturally selected.
Indeed, I shall seldom or never so indulge him, unless in such instances as this, where nothing but the inspiration with which we writers are gifted, can possibly enable any one to make the discovery.
Possibly dismantle (including removal of fenders and / or other structures) of the sheet piling and disposing of sludge, mud, etc.
Sore joint or joints where movement is difficult; possibly accompanied by a fever, feeling off colour and a loss of appetite.
However, if officers or consultants possibly conduct surveys and assessment's behind four walls and desks then the normal activity of cyclists and the assessment of the dangers to pedestrians are not always recorded and therefore would be inaccurate.
We also trust that funding will be made available, too, for the main line to the west of our capital to Swansea and then plans drawn up for major improvements to the most western areas of Wales - possibly not in this parliament but hopefully plans in the next Westminster and WAG parliament.
R Tully (possibly Gordon Highlanders, possibly lost at Anzio).