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had best

Definition of had best

  1. —used to indicate a need or obligation <You'd best get ready for school.> <Hadn't you best get ready for school?>



Word by Word Definitions

had
  1. : past and past participle of have

bestplay
  1. : superlative of good

    :  excelling all others

    :  most productive of good :  offering or producing the greatest advantage, utility, or satisfaction

  1. : superlative of well

    :  in the best way :  to greatest advantage

    :  most

  1. :  the best state or part

    :  one that is best

    :  the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. :  to get the better of :  outdo

  1. :  had best


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