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 ?
While he was thinking what to do, he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages, and was making the best of her way off through the door.
Lutzer, as he offers Christian insight into making the best of one's life, which includes not living in fear of making a wrong move, and acting more freely.
The girls from the popular Mates, Dates series of novels (see the fiction section of this issue) give advice about the really important things in a teenager's life: boys, beauty, relationships, health and fashion, and tips on survival and making the best of everything.
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Although the games revealed the considerable shortcomings in Deep Thought's play at the beginning of a game, they also showed the computer's strengths - particularly in making the best of a seemingly lost cause.
Family friend Cotton (Rash) is one of Plymouth's non-religious settlers who can't recall how he got into the Mayflower to begin with but is resigned to making the best of it now.