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(one's) best foot forward

A phrase used when one is trying to present an ideal version of oneself, typically to try to impress others. Often used in the phrase "put (one's) best foot forward." You really need to put your best foot forward in the interview if you want to get this job.
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best foot forward

A favorable initial impression: He always has his best foot forward when speaking to his constituents. Put your best foot forward during an employment interview.
See also: foot, forward
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Did you know the phrase "Put your best foot forward" dates back to 1495?
To All Disabled in War DON'T turn around and walk into the dark Put your best foot forward and walk tall and proud And into the start of a brand new day and life For your dreams will carry you through the long night And you'll awaken to the bright morning light Dream of your children and wives and of the happy lives You had together dream of you and your friends All playing happily together on the swings in the park So don't turn around and walk into the dark Put your best foot forward and walk tall and proud Into the start of a brand new day and life.
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Put your best foot forward and dance for Help the Aged."
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So if you've worked hard to deliver on your promises, aren't in bed with the board and can't cook to save your life, put your best foot forward and tell the world what you're doing right.
PUT your best foot forward to raise cash to combat breast cancer with a 60km walking weekend in Birmingham.