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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

make the best of

To accept (a bad situation) in as good a light as possible.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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 have often wondered at my father's forbearance in not branding us conspicuously upon our unworthy brows, but as we were tolerably good boys and used our power of embarrassment and annoyance with commendable moderation, we escaped the iron.
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.
Alex Bowen, director of Valley and Vale Community Arts, which is organising the day next Saturday, said: "We are trying to create a magical day for people and help revive the memories of a strong community spirit, where people often made the best of their situation and had fun."
"I'm not a supermodel and I've made the best of what I've got.
Redman made the best of it with carp and bream caught close in with a five metre pole and pellet.
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."
Split-screen coverage made the best of a bad job, but after Hereford was abandoned, wouldn't it have made sense for Southwell and Lingfield to shift race times back by five minutes?
Recently appointed coach of the struggling Serie A outfit Fiorentina the Azzurri legend hasn't made the best of starts, losing all three matches so far.