do (one's) best

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do (one's) best

To do as well as one possibly can at something. I'm just not good at math, so, believe me, a B- in Algebra means that I've done my best. No, you're not the star player on the team, but you always do your best, which encourages the rest of us to do the same.

do one's (level) best

to do something as well as one can. Just do your level best. That's all we can ask of you. Tom isn't doing his best. We may have to replace him.

do one's best

Also, do one's level best or one's damnedest . Perform as well as one can, do the utmost possible, as in I'm doing my best to balance this statement, or She did her level best to pass the course, or He did his damnedest to get done in time. The first term dates from the 16th century, but the addition of level, here meaning "very," occurred only in the mid-1800s; the variant dates from the late 1800s.
References in classic literature ?
It being now the duty of Prince John to name the knight who had done best, he determined that the honour of the day remained with the knight whom the popular voice had termed Le Noir Faineant.
It was going to be decided by a mistake, a moment of quality or it would peter out into a 0-0, and that moment of quality was provided by Jed Wallace and Steve Morison doing what he's done best over the years.
In giving the award, the judging panel said: Often known as the prime of prime, Savills showed that it can still do what it is has always done best, while also branching out into new markets and residential subsectors.
When his nephew needs a massive bribe to get out of jail, Sheremetev has to balance his conscience against the urge do what Vladimir P had done best during his years in office and line his own pockets.
When his nephew needs a massive bribe to get out of jail, Sheremetev has to balance his conscience against the urge do what Vladimir V P had done best during his years in office and line his own pockets.
The series showed Baz doing what he has done best so far - a quirky travel show complete with warmth, humour and, of course, his wonderful mammy.
Investors would have done best this year by owning nothing but developed stocks - just as they'd have done best by owning only government bonds in 2008.
In most PL teams retaining the ball is done best by foreign players in the team.
In most Premier League teams, retaining the ball is done best by foreigners.
He makes the argument that science is done best when done openly and out of intrinsic desire, which is why his final chapter is a manifesto for freedom and creativity in education.
I've taken refuge in basketball because that's what I've done best since my youth," the New York Daily News quoted him as telling the French newspaper Le Parisien.
While Johnny Murtagh holds the best record for riding honours in the Classic, it is Sir Michael Stoute who has done best in the race as a trainer, sending out the winner six times, although his last success was ten years ago with Petrushka.
The Eton Kids program is developed keeping the philosophy in mind that learning is done best while having fun.
The refugees need what we do best, what we have done best since the start of this country - which is good, robust diplomacy all across the world.
Education is not something that is done best in isolation.