That's clearly a descriptor, not a substantive.
The singer was at her best when she performed ballads. Often in the negative. He's at his best after a good nap. I'm not at my best when I'm angry. Under the most favorable circumstances, as in At best we'll be just one week behind schedule , or Cleaning out the attic is a tedious job at best. This idiom, formerly also put as at the best , today is most often used in situations that are actually far from ideal, as in the examples above. In one's most excellent state or condition. For example, The photographer tried hard to show the bride at her best.
No hay pues, madrina. El best man se encarga, entre otras cosas, de los anillos de boda, de llevar al novio a la iglesia a tiempo y de dar la bienvenida a los invitados. En el banquete de boda wedding reception lee los telegramas enviados por los que no han podido asistir, presenta los discursos que vayan a dar algunos invitados, da su propio discurso, casi siempre en clave de humor y sobre el novio, y propone un brindis por la pareja de recién casados newly-weds.
She sings best of all. He was bested in the argument. Ernest Hemingway wrote several bestsellers. I've read the best part of two hundred books on the subject. He'll do his best to be here on time. We don't want to send the child away to school but we're doing it for the best.
He was shouting a lot, but I think I got the best of the argument. She is disappointed at not getting into university but she'll just have to make the best of it and find a job.
References in classic literature? Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried or childless men; which both in affection and means, have married and endowed the public. But that this is evidently absurd is clear from other arts and sciences; for with respect to musicians who play on the flute together, the best flute is not given to him who is of the best family, for he will play never the better for that, but the best instrument ought to be given to him who is the best artist.
If what is now said does not make this clear, we will explain it still further: SO spake the Son of God; and Satan stood A while as mute, confounded what to say, What to reply, confuted and convinced Of his weak arguing and fallacious drift; At length, collecting all his serpent wiles, With soothing words renewed, him thus accosts: He was now, accordingly, in search of the best dancer possessed of the indispensable personal attractions who was to be found in the theatres of the Continent.
Fair Sir Page, I will do our Queen's bidding, and will presently hie with thee to London; but, ere we go, I will feast thee here in the woodlands with the very best we have. When the archers had stepped forward, the herald rose and proclaimed the rules of the game: Henry felt in no mood for fencing with De Fulm, who, like the other sycophants that surrounded him, always allowed the King easily to best him in every encounter.
In proportion as Mr Dennis exercised these intellectual qualities with which he was gifted, in reviewing his best chances of coming off handsomely and with small personal inconvenience, his spirits rose, and his confidence increased. With an infant in the house, we only get a few hours of sleep at the best of times. References in classic literature? I have no objection to any amount of blue sky in its proper place it can be found at the level for practically twelve months out of the year , but I submit, with all deference to the educational needs of Transylvania, that "skylarking" in the centre of a main-travelled road where, at the best of times , electricity literally drips off one's stanchions and screw blades, is unnecessary.
At the best of times his face has not a gentle expression; but when it was screwed up like that it was almost diabolical. She could only reply that I was welcome to anything she could tell me in return for the kindness I had shown to Anne; but as she was not very quick and ready, at the best of times , in talking to strangers, she would beg me to put her in the right way, and to say where I wished her to begin.
Having rested here, for a minute or so, to collect a good burst of sobs and an imposing show of tears and terror, he knocked loudly at the wicket; and presented such a rueful face to the aged pauper who opened it, that even he, who saw nothing but rueful faces about him at the best of times , started back in astonishment.
Under the most favorable circumstances, as in At best we'll be just one week behind schedule, or Cleaning out the attic is a tedious job at best. This idiom, formerly also put as at the best, today is most often used in situations that are actually far from ideal, as in the examples above. Pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows Vista Business, the ThinkPad T60 widescreen and Lenovo N models available at Best Buy For Business stores will offer individual users the quality, innovation and best-of-breed technologies that Lenovo is known for in the business world. In an ideal situation or conditions. Even at the best of times, it is hard to support yourself financially as a musician. With an infant in the house, we only get a few hours of sleep at the best of times.