put one's best foot forward

put (one's) best foot forward

To try to act as an ideal version of oneself, typically to try to impress others. You really need to put your best foot forward in the interview if you want to get this job.
See also: foot, forward, put

put one's best foot forward

Try for the best possible impression, make a good start, as in Come on, let's put our best foot forward for this interview. The allusion in this idiom is unclear, though it may concern marching. One theory is that best foot means "the right foot," the left being regarded as unlucky. [Late 1500s]
See also: foot, forward, put
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With her being such a great actress, one can't help but put one's best foot forward.
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