put one's best foot forward

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put one's best foot forward

1 US : to behave very well in order to gain someone's approval
  • When I visited my girlfriend's parents I tried to be very polite and put my best foot forward.
2 British : to try as hard as possible to do something difficult
  • I've got to put my best foot forward to meet this deadline.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

best play
  1. : superlative of good

  2. : excelling all others

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

  1. : superlative of well

  2. : in the best (see 1best) way : to greatest advantage

  3. : most

  1. : the best (see 1best) state or part

  2. : one that is best

  3. : the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. : to get the better of : outdo

  1. : had best (see 2best 1)

foot play
  1. : the terminal part of the vertebrate (see 1vertebrate) leg upon which an individual stands

  2. : an invertebrate organ of locomotion or attachment

  3. : any of various units of length based on the length of the human foot

  1. : dance

  2. : to go on foot

  3. : to make speed : move

forward play
  1. : near, being at, or belonging to the forepart

  2. : situated in advance

  3. : strongly inclined : ready

  1. : to or toward what is ahead or in front

  1. : to help onward : promote

  2. : to send forward : transmit

  3. : to send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

  1. : a player who plays at the front the team's formation near the opponent's goal


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