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 ?
I had done my best to conceal all traces of the effect produced on me by the strange and terrible news from Gleninch.
I have done my best to set the example, at any rate.
I have done my best to rise, but I shall try again, and if you will try possibly each of us can crawl halfway, and then you shall have your `winnings.
I've done my best and I begin to understand what is meant by the `joy of the strife.
I'm very glad I've given you satisfaction, sir; I've done my best," said Tom, in his proud, independent way.
Now I'm not afraid to make mistakes if I know I've done my best," says Finley, who used her time to earn a master's degree in psychology from the College of St.