in the best light


: in a way that makes someone or something appear in the best way
She tried to explain her behavior in the best light possible.

Examples of in the best light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Wyatt states that she wasn’t always portrayed in the best light on the show. Veronica Wells, Essence, 18 Oct. 2023 But presenting her in the best light — literally — posed difficulties at first. Donald Bogle, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Oct. 2023 And, while there haven’t been all that many high profile cases of Passport Bros acting out on a level that warrants news coverage, the cumulative effects of hundreds of social media accounts talking about getting with local women doesn’t paint foreigners in the best light in these places. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2023 And although movies like Jaws and Deep Blue Sea may not paint the predators in the best light, the U.K. diver wants individuals to respect the deep sea creatures. Calif. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 24 July 2023 Homes do best when well-maintained, updated and staged to present in the best light. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas News, 23 July 2023 Tomlinson is gently adamant about presenting Minnesota cooking in the best light. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 Ensure your business is represented in the best light across social media, as Instagram or Facebook are often the first places a potential customer will look. Adam Petrilli, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 Sibley doesn’t shy away from the parts of the Harris saga that don’t paint him in the best light: the drunken nights, the cocaine binges, the fights, the affairs, the petty squabbles with co-stars and collaborators. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023

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“In the best light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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