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all the marblesEverything; all that is to be had.Rate it:

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as best one canIn the best possible way, given the circumstances.Rate it:

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as far as one knowsTo the best of one's knowledge.Rate it:

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at bestIn the most favorable of conditions; at the most.Rate it:

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at the best of timesAt most.Rate it:

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attack is the best form of defenceIn a battle, attacking the opposition first is better than waiting for them to attack.Rate it:

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back offTo become less aggressive, particularly when one had appeared committed to act.Rate it:

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be had upTo be accused of, or arrested for a criminal act.Rate it:

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be the way to goRepresent the best of all possible options or courses of action; pre-eminate over all other choices or alternatives.Rate it:

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believe you meAn emphatic form of "believe me"; you [the subject] had better believe me [the speaker].Rate it:

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best betThe best proposal or plan.Rate it:

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best laid plansA proverbial expression used to signify the futility of making detailed plans when the outcome is uncertain.Rate it:

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best of both worldsA combination of two seemingly contradictory benefits.Rate it:

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best of the bunchThe best or most preferred person or item within a group.Rate it:

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best regardsUsed as a polite closing of a letter.Rate it:

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best thing since sliced breadAlternative form of greatest thing since sliced bread.Rate it:

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best thing since sliced panAlternative form of greatest thing since sliced bread.Rate it:

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best-kept secretA significant fact or characteristic that is not well-known.Rate it:

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by the way[...] I had counted on a life-lease of the profits, whereas I only received those of a few short years. But this is by the way.Rate it:

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cakewalkA contest in which cake was offered for the best dancers.Rate it:

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catch upTo be reaching something that had been ahead.Rate it:

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change one's mindTo decide differently than one had decided before.Rate it:

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cherry pickTo select only the best from a range of options.Rate it:

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cherry pickingSelecting only the best from a group or other range of choices.Rate it:

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cherry-pickTo pick out the best, or most desirable items from a list or group, especially to obtain some advantage or to present something in the best possible light.Rate it:

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chickens coming home to roostConsequences visited upon someone who originally had appeared to escape them.Rate it:

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clear cutHaving had all vegetation removed.Rate it:

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come out of the closetTo tell others about homosexuality, bisexuality or any minority or disapproved-of belief, preference, etc., where previously this had been kept secret.Rate it:

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companyAs he had worked for the CIA for over 30 years, he would soon take retirement from the company.Rate it:

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crab mentalityA way of thinking best described by the phrase "if I can't have it, neither can you." The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs in which one tries to escape over the side, but is relentlessly pulled down by the others in the pot.Rate it:

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crème de la crèmeBest of the best; something superlative. The very best.Rate it:

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crème de la crèmecrème de la crème (the best of something)Rate it:

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cream of the cropThe best or most desirable among some selection.Rate it:

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crème de la crèmeBest of the best; something that's superlative. The very best.Rate it:

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dead men tell no talesOnce someone is dead, they can no longer communicate, hence killing someone is the best way to keep him/her quiet.Rate it:

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deliver the message to garciaProgrammers are consistently dehumanized because so many do indeed deliver the message to Garcia only to be at best ignored.Rate it:

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desperate times call for desperate measuresIn adverse circumstances actions that might have been rejected under other circumstances may become the best choice.Rate it:

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diamonds are a girl's best friendA statement that suggests, while love is a luxury, material wealth (particularly jewellery) is more valuable in the long run.Rate it:

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do the best and live the restFirst do your work with your 100% dont think about the resultRate it:

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drug of choiceThe best-choice medication to treat a particular medical problem.Rate it:

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eat someone's lunchTo defeat or best thoroughly; to make short work of.Rate it:

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every cloud has a silver liningIn every bad situation there is an element of good1881, National Academy of Code Administration (U.S.), Folio, page 417:Every cloud has a silver lining; but in the old-fashioned meeting-houses every cloud of hymnal melody generally had a nasal lining before the congregation...1887, Shakers, Religion, page 36:that "a little reserve and thou'lt fail surely," will prove to be true in our experience. Every cloud has a silver lining and so has every sorrow,1918, George Jean Nathan, Performing Arts, page 222:But the most popular attitude toward what we may call "sad" plays is the peculiar one of believing that, since every cloud has a silver lining,Rate it:

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experience is the best teacherLessons learned from experience are the most lasting.Rate it:

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fall between the cracksTo wind up in an unexpected situation which is, inadvertently, invisible to or not handled by whatever process one had hoped to be subject to; to be overlooked.Rate it:

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first rateSuperb, exceptional; of the best sort; very high quality.Rate it:

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flowerThe best examples or representatives of a group.Rate it:

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flowerThe best state of things; the prime.Rate it:

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garbage in, garbage out(computing, information technology) If input data is not complete, accurate, and timely, then the resulting output is unreliable and of no useful value.1963, Raymond Crowley, "Robot Tax Collector Seeks Indications of 'Fudging'," Times Daily (Alabama, USA), 1 April (retrieved 26 July 2010):Officials explained that the quality of the computer's work depends on the quality of the data fed into it. Neil Hoke, administrative assistant to Stewart, quoted an adage of computer men: "Garbage in, garbage out."2008, Roger K. Lewis, "'In Architectural Design, Brains and Talent Trump the Best Software," Washington Post, 19 July (retrieved 26 July 2010):The old caveat "GIGO"Rate it:

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get right to the pointReference a lack of focus, an offer of myriad solutions without indicating one with most viability. A lack of preciseness, lack of indicating best choice. An evasive response in a tenable situation.Rate it:

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give it one's best shotTo make one's best effort or attempt; to try as hard as possible.Rate it:

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