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 ?
Goad on your bullocks, and never more pray to me for help, until you have done your best to help yourself, or depend upon it you will henceforth pray in vain.
But I'm sure you think you've done your best for your kids, just as this other mother is doing her best for hers.
When the inevitable criticism arrives, you will be secure in the knowledge that you have done your best.