American Idioms and Expressions

Make The Best Of (something) Idiom

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make the best of (something)
What does make the best of (something) mean?
do as well as possible in a bad situationHe made the best of his time working in the department that he hated.

Some Random Idioms
lose ground
What does "lose ground" mean?
go backward, become weaker, not improveThe government has been losing ground in their fight against inflation.
cast a (critical/professional) eye over (someone or something)
What does "cast a (critical/professional) eye over (someone or something)" mean?
to look at something in a particular wayThe movie director cast a critical eye over the movie script from the writer.
unknown quantity
What does "unknown quantity" mean?
a person or thing which nobody knows much aboutThe new mayor was an unknown quantity and nobody knew what to expect.
pass on
What does "pass on" mean?
to dieMy grandmother passed on when she was 92 years old.
a friend in need is a friend indeed
What does "a friend in need is a friend indeed" mean?
a friend who helps you when you need help is a true friendHe was my best friend since childhood so naturally I helped him when he got into trouble. We both know that a friend in need is a friend indeed.
a marvel to behold
What does "a marvel to behold" mean?
someone or something quite wonderful or exciting to seeThe new bridge was a marvel to behold and many tourists came to look at it.
kick back
What does "kick back" mean?
bribe; money paid to effect an outcome
engage in (something)
What does "engage in (something)" mean?
to be busy with something, to be occupied with something The man is engaged in a new project.
The woman was engaged in a long conversation.

a kickback
What does "a kickback" mean?
an amount of money that is paid illegally for favorable treatmentThe construction company was giving kickbacks to the local politicians.


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