make the best of (something)

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make the best of (something)

To deal with and create the best possible outcome of a bad, unfortunate, or unpleasant situation or set of circumstances. I know this data entry job isn't what you wanted for a career, but for the time being try and make the best of it. We weren't expecting to have to share our timeshare with others, but there's nothing we can do about it now, so we'd better make the best of a bad situation.
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make the best of something

to do as well as possible with something that is not too promising. I don't like it, but I will try to make the best of my summer landscaping job by getting a good tan. I will make the best of it, for a while anyway.
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make the best of

To accept (a bad situation) in as good a light as possible.
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Upon this, the old man, vexed and ashamed, made the best of his way home again, convinced that by endeavoring to please everybody he had pleased nobody, and lost his Ass in the bargain.
I made the best of it, however, and told my story with great success to Mrs.
Catching up the light, they made the best of their way home, at a good round trot; and long after their dusky forms had ceased to be discernible, the light might have been seen twinkling and dancing in the distance, like some exhalation of the damp and gloomy atmosphere through which it was swiftly borne.
Finding that I must assume responsibility for these creatures, whether I would or not, I made the best of it and directed them to find quarters on the upper floors, leaving the third floor to me.
A child on the watch, came towards them to beg; and Miss Bickerton, excessively frightened, gave a great scream, and calling on Harriet to follow her, ran up a steep bank, cleared a slight hedge at the top, and made the best of her way by a short cut back to Highbury.
Of course he was my brother-in-law, and I made the best of it.
During our boyhood our parents tried to distinguish us more obviously by our clothing and other simple devices, but we would so frequently exchange suits and otherwise circumvent the enemy that they abandoned all such ineffectual attempts, and during all the years that we lived together at home everybody recognized the difficulty of the situation and made the best of it by calling us both "Jehnry.
I landed at Sheringham this morning, hired a car and made the best of my way here.
Dolly had what is popularly called a spirit of her own, and being now fairly at bay, made the best of it.
Redman made the best of it with carp and bream caught close in with a five metre pole and pellet.
Saugus coach Eric Olsson admittedly likes to play a soft schedule to start the season, and his Centurions have made the best of it.
In each new town and home she made the best of sometimes difficult situations, remembering her mother's advice: "Everything will be all right come morning.
But the Indians and Vikings girls' tennis teams made the best of a less- than-favorable situation Thursday when they agreed to share transportation because of a shortage of available buses in the Hart District.
Merritt made the best of her opportunity; the Royals had few good looks at the net in the second half as the game opened up more.
But it lacks the edge and energy that have made the best of its companion films stand out.