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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.
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put one's best foot forward

Fig. to act or appear at one's best; to try to make a good impression. When you apply for a job, you should always put your best foot forward. I try to put my best foot forward whenever I meet someone for the first time.
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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]
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put your best foot forward

COMMON If you put your best foot forward, you work hard and quickly. Put your best foot forward and take the attitude that there is a solution to every problem you are likely to face. Most public companies will try to put their best foot forward when it comes to communicating with shareholders.
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put your best foot forward

embark on an undertaking with as much speed, effort, and determination as possible.
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put your best foot ˈforward

go, work, etc. as fast as you can: If we put our best foot forward, we should be there by noon.
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