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(one's) best foot forward

A phrase used when one is trying to present an ideal version of oneself, typically to try to impress others. Often used in the phrase "put (one's) best foot forward." You really need to put your best foot forward in the interview if you want to get this job.
See also: foot, forward

best foot forward

A favorable initial impression: He always has his best foot forward when speaking to his constituents. Put your best foot forward during an employment interview.
See also: foot, forward
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Ambition, keenness and the ability to put one's best foot forward even on an off day are a given.
Being part of an organization that sparks positive emotions among customers via holistic experiences makes any employee proud and offers motivation to put one's best foot forward. Philanthropy works similarly, as great experiences can lead to better narratives about why an organization is special, which can lead to an easier time securing dollars from donors.
With her being such a great actress, one can't help but put one's best foot forward. There was one scene where she came in playing a bit player, and she delivered it perfectly.
Barnes presents On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search, a no-nonsense guide to putting one's best foot forward when pursuing an academic career.
Chapters offer practical tips for putting one's best foot forward when interviewing for a job, negotiating a fair deal, dealing with real-world situations of etiquette or relationships in the workplace, and how to make a graceful exit should one have to leave a job by choice or force.