at most
at best & at most
in the most favorable view; in the most positive judgment; as the best one can say. •

At best we found their visit pleasantly short.

The dinner was not at all pleasant. At best the food was not burned.

At most there were three people in line ahead of me.

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or[at the most] {adv. phr.} By the largest or most generous guess; at the upper limit; by the maximum account; not more than; at best; at worst. * /It was a minor offense at most./ * /He had been gone 15 minutes at the most./ * /Their new house lot is a quarter acre at most./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • at best — or[at the best] {adv. phr.} 1. Under the best conditions; as the best possibility. * /A coal miner s job is dirty and dangerous at best./ * /We can t get to New York before ten o clock at best./ Compare: AT MOST. Contrast: AT WORST. 2. In the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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