at one's best
at one's best
1. and at its best to the utmost; to the highest degree possible. •

This restaurant serves gourmet food at its best.

The singer was at her best when she performed ballads.

2. in the best of health; displaying the most civilized behavior. (Often in the negative.) •

He's at his best after a good nap.

I'm not at my best when I'm angry.

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{prep. phr.} In best form; displaying one's best qualities. * /Tim is at his best when he has had a long swim before a ballgame./ * /Jane rested before the important meeting because she wanted to be at her best./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • do one's best — {v. phr.} To perform at one s optimum capacity; spare no effort in fulfilling one s duties. * / I ve really done my best teaching you people, the tired professor said on the last day of classes. I hope you got something out of this course. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • do one's best — {v. phr.} To perform at one s optimum capacity; spare no effort in fulfilling one s duties. * / I ve really done my best teaching you people, the tired professor said on the last day of classes. I hope you got something out of this course. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put one's best foot forward — {v. phr.}, {informal} To try to make a good impression; try to make a good appearance; do one s best. * /During courtship, it is natural to put your best foot forward./ * /When Ted applied for the job he put his best foot forward./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put one's best foot forward — {v. phr.}, {informal} To try to make a good impression; try to make a good appearance; do one s best. * /During courtship, it is natural to put your best foot forward./ * /When Ted applied for the job he put his best foot forward./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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