all one can do

idiom

used to say there is no other action a person can take
All she can do is hope for the best.

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“All one can do.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20one%20can%20do. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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