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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.
See also: foot, forward, put
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put your best foot forward

embark on an undertaking with as much speed, effort, and determination as possible.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put one's best foot forward, to

To try to make the best possible impression. There is something inherently puzzling about this expression, which dates from the sixteenth century. What exactly is one’s “best foot,” and why should it signify putting on a good show? Shakespeare made it the better foot (in Titus Andronicus and King John), and Sir Thomas Overby wrote, in 1613 (Characters: A footeman), “His legs are not matches, for he is still setting the best foot forward.” One writer suggests that “best foot” always meant “right foot,” the left being considered unlucky. Whatever the explanation, the metaphor is still current.
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