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(one's) best foot forward

A phrase used when one is trying to present an ideal version of oneself, typically to try to impress others. Often used in the phrase "put (one's) best foot forward." You really need to put your best foot forward in the interview if you want to get this job.
See also: foot, forward

best foot forward

A favorable initial impression: He always has his best foot forward when speaking to his constituents. Put your best foot forward during an employment interview.
See also: foot, forward
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GEORGE Williams is showing he can put his Best Foot Forward when it comes to dancing.
CORTINAS is not the most genuine under pressure but he consented to put his best foot forward in the 2m handicap chase at Southwell.
DJ Declan Pierce put his best foot forward yesterday for Our Lady's Children Hospital.
King admits he can be a difficult horse to predict but is hopeful he can make his presence felt if putting his best foot forward at the weekend.
Elsewhere, Craig Alexander Wilson puts his best foot forward with treatments for tootsies, Vicky Fleming Brown gets plaid in full and Frank Pilkington takes a look at the week ahead.
IT IS well documented that Geordieland is a notoriously tricky customer, but he will take some stopping in the CGA Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury tomorrow if he puts his best foot forward.
The BBC Midlands Today newsreader put his best foot forward to promote The Walkzone to Dudley residents.
A COVENTRY man put his best foot forward to raise hundreds of pounds for victims.
Bush simply kept putting his best foot forward, and in the end, that was enough to put him in the position where the Supreme Court could elect him president.
However, the 10-year-old was persuaded to put his best foot forward in the closing stages and only went down by a couple of lengths.
"I ask the kid to put his best foot forward," Aldrich says.
Putting his best foot forward, he said the city lost the financial giant for two reasons: space and money.
And yesterday, Eddie, 56, was putting his best foot forward in a brand new pair of rigger's boots, supplied by Bathgate Tool Hire of West Lothian.
TWINKLE-toes Gerry Kelly put his best foot forward at Belfast's Indian Community Centre yesterday.
COULBY NEWHAM: Sharon Ellington a blogger for the Army Cadets has let us know about a teenager who has put his best foot forward.