The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Best \Best\, n.
Utmost; highest endeavor or state; most nearly perfect thing,
or being, or action; as, to do one's best; to the best of our
At best, in the utmost degree or extent applicable to the
case; under the most favorable circumstances; as, life is
at best very short.
For best, finally. [Obs.] "Those constitutions . . . are
now established for best, and not to be mended." --Milton.
To get the best of, to gain an advantage over, whether
fairly or unfairly.
To make the best of.
(a) To improve to the utmost; to use or dispose of to the
greatest advantage. "Let there be freedom to carry their
commodities where they can make the best of them."
(b) To reduce to the least possible inconvenience; as, to
make the best of ill fortune or a bad bargain.