level best

Idiom Definition

"level best"

highest personal effort

Idiom Definition - level best


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - level best

Two parents are talking to their daughter about a recent report card from school ....

Father:   Why are your grades so low?

Daughter:  I don't know.  I've been working really hard.

Mother:  Have you been doing all your homework?

Daughter:  Yes.  And I'm even doing extra homework that I asked the teacher for.

Father:  It sounds like you're doing your level best.  Your mother and I will discuss the situation.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - level best

A Human Resources Manager is talking to an employee ...

HR Manager:  Thanks for coming in for your performance review.

Employee:  No problem. How can I help?

HR Manager:  I've had some good reports from your supervisor and coworkers. They say that your work is very good and that you're putting in long hours.

Employee:  I'm doing my absolute level best to do a good job.

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level best - Gerund Form:

Doing your level best is all that can be asked of you.

level best - Examples:

1)  I will do my level best to assess each brew impartially and to the very best of my ability.

2)  Ultimately, shouldn't we -- as the adults -- do our level best to mitigate upsetting, even traumatizing, experiences for our children?

3)  I will promise you I will do my level best in this company.

4)  The glow of satisfaction which follows the consciousness of doing our level best never comes to a human being from any other experience.

5)  I try my level best to study plus get involved with campus activities.

6)  This woman has done her level best to raise her family from its past circumstances.

7)  In the recent and not so recent past, she did her level best to inflict those policies and ideology on us.

8)  I'll follow in his footsteps, and do my level best to earn a reputation like his.

9)  I expect you do your level best to expose this fraudulent little man in every way possible. 

10)  I would have done my level best to make the country a welfare state.

11)  We are seeing progress every day online, and businesses are doing their level best to keep up and get ahead.

12)  He looked as if he was doing his level best to physically avoid them. 

13)  It was a great effort put on by people trying their level best

14)  Apple is trying its level best to prove that they had the 'look' first with their smartphone.

15)  He intends to do his level best to seize upon the opportunity now in front of him. 

16)  What a wonderful mini photo essay of a feverish little girl doing her level best.

17)  He gives away another free-kick but he is doing his level best to stop Scholes from dictating the play.

18)  I know with absolute certainty the detectives on that case did their level best. They really, really tried very, very hard.

19)  They then take them very seriously and do their level best to implement the recommendations.

20)  I know how many women do their level best never to let their other half see them without make-up.