do (something) for the best

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do (something) for the best

To do something with the hope of bringing about a positive outcome. I did that for the best—I really wasn't trying to hurt your feelings.

do, mean, etc. something for the ˈbest

do or say something in order to achieve a good result or to help somebody: I just don’t know what to do for the best.I’m sorry if my advice offended you — I meant it for the best.
See also: something
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps this concealment, this disguise was beneath me; it is done, however, and it was done for the best.
D Lovett is unhappy with the situation SO Sittingbourne trainers are to be pe-nalised for putting the welfare of their dogs first, even though Roger Cearns says ``it was done for the best reasons'' (Racing Post January 7, 2005).
DONE for the best motives, the New York Fire Service is facing criticism for a victim support scheme which has created more victims.
This is being done for the best of reasons, so Moore won't be competing against herself in ``Far From Heaven,'' for which she's a sure bet to get nominated.
This serial jumping though hoops is the only wearisome aspect of the book, although it has been done for the best of academic motives and it has the corresponding advantage of clarity of exposition.