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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"I want to look my best," I said, "and I have sent for you to help me."
"Is it a crime to try and look my best when YOU come here?" answered Mrs.
The dilemma: It's too late to lose a few pounds in time for my big do -how can I be sure to look my best? Amanda says: "Everyone wants to look their best when it comes to a special occasion.
This is the fight where I'll show off and look my best and that's a guarantee.
That morning I got up earlier than normal so I could look my best, ready for the assembly.
Yet on the set I have a hairdresser, makeup artist, and a wardrobe designer all working to make me look my best." Could it be that the people on the street are reacting less to "how much better" Paige looks in person than how much less feminine he is than his QAF character, Emmett?
Jessica - who sings for Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest next month - said: "It's been made clear I am competing with people like Britney and I should make every effort to look my best.
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