as best (one) can

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as best (one) can

To the best of one's abilities or by whatever means are available or possible. He's helping as best he can—you don't need to criticize him so much. I'm doing as best I can with these centerpieces, but I'm afraid they still won't be done in time.
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as best one can

To the ultimate of one's ability, as in We'll have to get along without it as best we can [Mid-1800s] Also see do one's best.
See also: can, one
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as ˌbest you ˈcan

not perfectly but as well as you are able: We’ll manage as best we can.
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"We draw an uncertain and wavering line," Andrews admits, "but draw it we must as best we can." He draws his line and concludes the railroad is liable for Mrs.