to the best of (one's) ability

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to the best of (one's) ability

To the limit of one's skills, resources, or energy; as well as one is able to do. I tried to the best of my ability to secure a seat at the event, but it was impossible to find tickets. Police have been searching to the best of their abilities, but so far there has been no sign of the missing teenager.
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to the best of one's ability

as well as one is able. I did the work to the best of my ability. You should always work to the best of your ability.
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References in classic literature ?
Bullfrog," said she, not unkindly, yet with all the decision of her strong character, "let me advise you to overcome this foolish weakness, and prove yourself, to the best of your ability, as good a husband as I will be a wife.
So either way we say 'keep a clear head' and concentrate on your jobs to the best of your ability.
Noski said he was honored to be a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame, crediting those he's worked with for his learning three things in his career: "remember who you work for; do the right thing; and do it to the best of your ability.
But you do want to do everything to the best of your ability in order to create a sound message.
There are practical tips on how to change or alter the situation to the best of your ability.