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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. The wild card rarely wins the championship, but anything is 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.
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.
as soon as possible
At the earliest opportunity. Call your mother as soon as possible—she's very worried about you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
best of all possible worlds
The most ideal or desirable attributes of several different things, situations, or circumstances. With so many smartphone options at consumers' fingertips, we feel that our model provides the best of all possible worlds in terms of price, durability, and functionality.
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.
everything humanly possible
Everything that is realistically possible. This is my dream job, so I plan to do everything humanly possible to get it.
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.
if at all possible
If it can possibly happen or be done. Get here by 6 PM, if at all possible. That way, you can help me set up. If at all possible, don't open this window—it's not in there very securely.
so far as possible
To the maximum amount that can be reached or accomplished. Even though you're home sick right now, you still need to do your schoolwork so far as possible. So far as possible, let's aim to have this work completed by the end of the week.
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as far as possibleand 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.
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.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
as quickly, much, soon, etc. as ˈpossibleas 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. ˈtastebe offensive and not at all appropriate: Most of his jokes were in very poor taste.
be in good, the best possible, etc. ˈtastebe appropriate and not at all offensive: They made a few jokes about the management, but it was all done in good taste.
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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).
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