make best

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Jan 29 16:30:36 UTC 2010

At 1/29/2010 09:36 AM, Robin Hamilton wrote:
>>An AP report on the Yahoo News page gives this:
>><< The former British Prime Minister [Tony Blair] said that before Sept.
>>11 he thought "Saddam was a menace, that he was a threat, he was a
>>monster, but we would have to try and make best." >>
>>Does "try and make best" represent a normal British English idiom, or is
>>it a misprint?
>Only thing I can think of is that it's a mishearing/misreporting of "try and
>make [the] best [of it]" -- as it stands, it doesn't sound like anything
>even The Smile would utter.
>Certainly not an idiom I've ever come on.

A comparative/superlative sequence for "make do / better / best"?  :-)


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