with the best will in the world

Definition of with the best will in the world

British

  1. :  with the most sincere desire and effort to do something good or worthwhile —used especially to say that it is not possible to do something even if one wants to do it very much Even with the best will in the world, the work cannot be done that quickly.

Word by Word Definitions

bestplay
  1. : superlative ofgood

    :  excelling all others

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

  1. : superlative ofwell

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

    :  most

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

    :  one that is best

    :  the greatest degree of good or excellence

  1. :  to get the better of :  outdo

  1. :  had best (see 2best 1)

willplay
  1. :  desire, wish

    : used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

    : used to express frequent, customary, or habitual action or natural tendency or disposition

  1. :  desire, wish: such as

    :  disposition, inclination

    :  appetite, passion

  1. :  to order or direct by a will

    :  to dispose of by or as if by a will :  bequeath

    :  to determine by an act of choice

worldplay
  1. :  the earthly state of human existence

    :  the earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it

    :  individual course of life :  career

  1. :  of or relating to the world

    :  extending or found throughout the world :  worldwide

    :  involving or applying to part of or the whole world


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