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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.
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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.
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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.
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as soon as possible

At the earliest opportunity. Call your mother as soon as possible—she's very worried about you.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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everything humanly possible

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

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

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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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(We expect around 600,000 more visitors, although it can possibly go higher or lower.
Those who participated in the turn to page 4 from page 1 survey were asked: "Do you think the system used to elect members of the National Assembly for Wales should be changed to ensure that an equal number of male and female Assembly Members are elected?" Overall, 25% said yes definitely, 28% said yes possibly, 36% said no and 11% said they didn't know.
Those who participated in the survey were asked: "Do you think the system used to elect members of the National Assembly for Wales should be changed to ensure that an equal number of male and female Assembly Members are elected?" Overall, 25% said yes definitely, 28% said yes possibly, 36% said no and 11% said they didn't know.
Summary: California [United States], August 10 (ANI): Next year when you update your iOS or Android version, you will be possibly greeted with a new set of emojis which will be more diverse and inclusive.
I lived at No 2 Sydenham Grove, Sydenham Road, Sparkbrook, from the late 30s to the late 60s, so all I can remember are the illegal bookies and runners and possibly a bit of black market fiddles, possibly from the Second World War a lot later.
The man is described as white, around 25 years old, approximately 5ft9in tall, of proportionate build, possibly with light brown hair and a curly fringe.
Elliott, which owns 18% of the UK group, had wanted to appoint three of its own directors and force National Express to adopt a more aggressive tack, including expansion in the US and possibly putting itself up for sale.
One is believed to be in his late 30s and the other possibly younger.
One of the men is believed to be in his late 30s, the other is possibly younger.
ISLAMABAD, May 05, 2010 (Frontier Star): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that New York Time Squares bomb conspiracy could possibly be Talibans reaction against US drone attacks on Pakistans soil adding that they must be prepared for such incidents.
poultry could weigh on domestic chicken prices in the United States and possibly put some pressure on other proteins.
Summary: Spurs goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is in hospital with "possibly life-changing" injuries after a road accident.