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(one's) best foot forward

A phrase used when one is trying to present an ideal version of oneself, typically to try to impress others. Often used in the phrase "put (one's) best foot forward." You really need to put your best foot forward in the interview if you want to get this job. Now that I'm on probation, I really need to put my best foot forward and show them I can do this job. You guys haven't been dating for very long—I doubt you really know each other. In the honeymoon phase, both people are usually still putting their best foot forward.
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best foot forward

A favorable initial impression: He always has his best foot forward when speaking to his constituents. Put your best foot forward during an employment interview.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

put one's best foot forward, to

To try to make the best possible impression. There is something inherently puzzling about this expression, which dates from the sixteenth century. What exactly is one’s “best foot,” and why should it signify putting on a good show? Shakespeare made it the better foot (in Titus Andronicus and King John), and Sir Thomas Overby wrote, in 1613 (Characters: A footeman), “His legs are not matches, for he is still setting the best foot forward.” One writer suggests that “best foot” always meant “right foot,” the left being considered unlucky. Whatever the explanation, the metaphor is still current.
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COUNCIL chiefs will today put their best foot forward to encourage residents to get fitter and healthier.
The four-year-old had been with Mandy Rowland and showed glimpses of ability without really putting her best foot forward. Now the filly is looking to get back on track with the Cowbridge handler.
PUPILS and teachers put their best foot forward for charity.
Put your best foot forward and dance for Help the Aged."
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A COVENTRY man put his best foot forward to raise hundreds of pounds for victims.
However, the 10-year-old was persuaded to put his best foot forward in the closing stages and only went down by a couple of lengths.
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