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next best

Definition of next best

  1. —used to refer to a person or thing that is not as good as the best but is better than all others. <The shortstop is the best player on the team, and the catcher is the next best player.> <We can't see each other often, but calling each other on the telephone is the next best thing.>



Word by Word Definitions

nextplay
  1. :  immediately adjacent (as in place, rank, or time)

    :  any other considered hypothetically

  1. :  nearest or adjacent to

  1. :  in the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding

    :  on the first occasion to come

  1. :  one that is next

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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