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anything is possible

Any outcome could occur. No one expects the team to advance beyond the first round of the tournament, but, then again, anything is possible. The election is neck and neck. Anything's possible at this point.
See also: anything, possible

best of both possible worlds

The most ideal or desirable attributes of two different things, situations, or circumstances. We hope that by forming a bipartisan committee we will be able form a body that represents the best of both possible worlds. I believe college gives you the best of both possible worlds: a place where both study and social life can thrive.
See also: both, of, possible, world

humanly possible

Realistically possible. Usually used in the phrase "as fast as humanly possible," meaning as fast as a person could possibly go. This cab driver needs to go as fast as humanly possible to give us any chance of making our flight! I got ready as fast as humanly possible and still missed the bus.
See also: humanly, possible

as far as possible

To the maximum amount that can be reached or accomplished. We're driving as far as possible before nightfall. Even though you're home sick right now, you still need to do your schoolwork as far as possible.
See also: far, possible

as soon as

1. Once; immediately when. We'll leave as soon as Jim gets here. As soon as the package arrives, open it.
2. At the earliest opportunity. Call your mother as soon as you can—she's very worried about you.
See also: soon

as soon as possible

At the earliest opportunity. Call your mother as soon as possible—she's very worried about you.
See also: possible, soon

everything humanly possible

Everything that is realistically possible. This is my dream job, so I plan to do everything humanly possible to get it.

be in bad taste

To be offensive or inappropriate (resulting from poor judgment or a lack of standards by the person who said or did such things). Some people thought that wearing such a bright outfit to a funeral was in really bad taste, but it was meant to be a tribute to my friend. Your use of those words was in bad taste, to say the least.
See also: bad, taste

be in the worst possible taste

To be highly offensive or inappropriate (resulting from poor judgment or a lack of standards by the person who said or did such things). Some people thought that wearing such a bright outfit to a funeral was in the worst possible taste, but it was meant to be a tribute to my friend. Your use of those words was in the worst possible taste. I can't imagine something more offensive.
See also: possible, taste, worst

be in good taste

To be appropriate or acceptable (resulting from good judgment by the person who said or did such things). Consider your audience—comments like that are just not in good taste. I don't doubt that the sculpture was in good taste, but I don't think it was done well.
See also: good, taste

be in the best possible taste

To be completely appropriate or acceptable (resulting from good judgment by the person who said or did such things). If you want to avoid more controversy, don't say anything to your audience that isn't in the best possible taste.
See also: possible, taste

as far as possible

 and so far as possible
as much as possible; to whatever degree is possible. We must try, as far as possible, to get people to stop smoking in buses. As far as possible, the police will issue tickets to all speeding drivers. I'll follow your instructions so far as possible.
See also: far, possible

as soon as

at the moment that; at the time that; when. I fell asleep as soon as I lay down. John ate dinner as soon as he came home.
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everything humanly possible

everything that is in the range of human powers. The rescuers did everything humanly possible to find the lost campers. The doctor tried everything humanly possible to save the patient.

*soon as possible

at the earliest time. (*Also: as ~.) I'm leaving now. I'll be there as soon as possible. Please pay me soon as possible.
See also: possible, soon

as far as possible

Also, so far as possible. To the greatest extent, degree, or amount that is attainable. For example, I want to drive as far as possible today, or It was very complicated, but he promised to explain it so far as possible.
See also: far, possible

as soon as

1. When, just after, as in Please call me as soon as dinner is ready, or As soon as the sun goes down, the temperature drops dramatically. [Late 1200s]
2. At the earliest moment that, as in Telephone me as soon as you can. It often takes the form as soon as possible, meaning at the earliest possible moment, as in He'll finish the work as soon as possible. This expression employs possible in the sense of "if it can or could be," a usage dating from the late 1600s.
See also: soon

as quickly, much, soon, etc. as ˈpossible

as quickly, much, soon, etc. as you can: We will get your order to you as soon as possible.
See also: possible

be in bad, the worst possible, etc. ˈtaste

be offensive and not at all appropriate: Most of his jokes were in very poor taste.
See also: taste, worst

be in good, the best possible, etc. ˈtaste

be appropriate and not at all offensive: They made a few jokes about the management, but it was all done in good taste.
See also: taste

best of all possible worlds, the

Everything is for the best. This expression of blind optimism occurs in Voltaire’s Candide (1758), where through Dr. Pangloss the author pokes fun at the German philosopher Leibnitz. The full saying is “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.” It has been identified with overoptimism ever since. On the other hand, all is for the best was already considered a profound if fatalistic truth by the Roman orator Cicero (50 b.c.), was repeated a number of times by Chaucer, and was echoed by modern sages, among them Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard’s Almanack). Not everyone agrees. “I hate the Pollyanna pest who says that All Is for the Best,” wrote Franklin P. Adams (1924).
See also: all, of, possible
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The purpose of the study was to examine the students' possible selves as a variable that could potentially assist researchers and practitioners in designing interventions for students who risk their academic performance by resorting to detrimental, self-worth protective strategies.
1 : able to be done <Call whenever possible.>
The first is that names are rigid designators, that is, they refer to the same object in every possible world.