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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References in classic literature ?
Now, whoever takes this maxim abroad with him into the grand market of the world, and constantly applies it to honours, to riches, to pleasures, and to every other commodity which that market affords, is, I will venture to affirm, a wise man, and must be so acknowledged in the worldly sense of the word; for he makes the best of bargains, since in reality he purchases everything at the price only of a little trouble, and carries home all the good things I have mentioned, while he keeps his health, his innocence, and his reputation, the common prices which are paid for them by others, entire and to himself.
Mac, on the other hand, recognizes ``Charlie's Angels'' for what it is - pop (culture) tarts going kung-fu crazy - and makes the best of the opportunity handed to him.
But he remains optimistic that a cure will be found and he makes the best of the time he has.