look (one's)/its best

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look (one's)/its best

To have the best possible appearance, as from having been groomed, dressed, or prepared. It's important to look your best when you're going in for a job interview, or else they may not take you seriously. I'm sorry the house doesn't look its best for your visit. I've been so busy with the kids that I haven't had a chance to clean.
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look your/its ˈbest

look as attractive, neat, etc. as possible: The garden looks its best when all the flowers are out.
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References in classic literature ?
It was a picture of a young woman in a long white gown, standing on the rail of a bridge all ready to jump off, with her hair all down her back, and looking up to the moon, with the tears running down her face, and she had two arms folded across her breast, and two arms stretched out in front, and two more reaching up towards the moon -- and the idea was to see which pair would look best, and then scratch out all the other arms; but, as I was saying, she died before she got her mind made up, and now they kept this picture over the head of the bed in her room, and every time her birthday come they hung flowers on it.
I can't think what witchery it is in you, Maggie, that makes you look best in shabby clothes; though you really must have a new dress now.
The boy tried to damp their ardour for the outrigger, and showed them two or three very comfortable-looking boats of the family-party build, but those would not do at all; the outrigger was the boat they thought they would look best in.
They look best when planted en masse - and are stunning partnered with old-fashioned roses and in a natural-style prairie scheme of ornamental grasses, asters and rudbeckias.
With Limerick in transition this appears to be their best chance of late to do something about it - but the summer opens up for the winners and Clare look best placed to seize that opportunity.
She looked sleek in a see-through Alexander Wang top and cropped trousers but it's probably a look best left to teenagers.
Larger types look best at the back of a border, fringed by late-flowering clematis.
They aren''t figure-flattering so look best with skinny jeans or short dress and black tights.
These look best with quirky dresses and feminine silhouettes.
Wearing a flattering women's coat can be simple if you know which clothing and accessories will look best.
Barca's youngsters may still be good enough to topple BATE but at a best-priced 1-4 they look best avoided.
So there's a whole collection of sunglasses that are going to look best on round faces, another collection that will look best on oblong faces, etc.
I think if anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesn't always look best," Contactmusic quoted him as saying in a discussion held by Newsweek magazine for potential Oscar-nominees.
They can be singly grown as free-standing shrubs but I think they look best trained out flat against a wall, where their berries make more visual impact and they can be trained on cold, north-facing walls where little else will grow.
pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno' look best at the edge of paths, while other good varieties include G.