do (one's) level best

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do (one's) level best

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

COMMON If you do your level best to do something, you try as hard as you can to do it. The President told American troops that he would do his level best to bring them home soon. They're doing their level best to answer all the questions that people have.
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do your level best

do your utmost; make all possible efforts.
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do/try your level ˈbest (to do something)

try as hard as you can: I’ll do my level best to be there by ten o’clock, but I can’t promise anything.
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References in classic literature ?
He fetched another acorn, and done his level best to see what become of it, but he couldn't.
All the time the first witnesses was proving the bad blood and the threats and all that, Tom Sawyer was alive and laying for them; and the minute they was through, he went for them, and done his level best to catch them in lies and spile their testimony.
But the Dutchman is adamant he will always be able to look in the mirror because he has done his level best to succeed.
In the end all of Cosmo's efforts come to nothing although Cosmo finds out that his grandfather had done his level best to prevent the accident to Brian.
Taylor said: "Alan Shearer has done his level best to get his qualifications, but the FA have not been as co-operative as they could have been to help him do it.
Her father Alan, a former jockey, trainer, and taxi driver, is now a jockeys' agent and has done his level best to find her rides.
He has done his level best for us and I wish him all the best.
Having done his level best to clinch the title for his team with two important goals at Rugby Park, he left the field to discover that the effort had not been enough.
He said: "I think he got the fine because City fans complained about him so he's done his level best to try and get back at us over the years.