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To get the best of


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To get the best of to gain an advantage over, whether fairly or unfairly.
    • To get the best of to obtain an advantage over; to surpass; to subdue.
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  • Will Rogers
    “The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.”
  • Don G. Mitchell
    Don G. Mitchell
    “Determine to become one of the best. Sufficient money will almost automatically follow if you get to be one of the best in your chosen field, whatever it is.”
  • Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau
    Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau
    “If honesty did not exist, we ought to invent it as the best means of getting rich.”
  • Richard Saunders
    Richard Saunders
    “The lead dog gets the best view. The rest of the dogs view is butt ugly. Of course, the lead dog is also the first to fall into the ravine.”
  • Henry Ford
    “If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.”


In literature:

So it is best to get behind and a little lower than the tail of the enemy plane.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
He would have to make the best of it, dispose of it for what he could get.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Most of us are willing to spend this time and labor if we get results and to get the best results with peonies we must have good varieties.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
The best judgment of the most skilled physicians is the least that the victim owes himself in his effort to get well.
"The Third Great Plague" by John H. Stokes
Had we not better make the best of it and get back to Morlaix?
"The Argosy" by Various
Parents therefore should see to it that their children get the kind of education they need, the kind that will serve them best in after life.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
The best teaching is that which leads the child to get the clearest apprehension of what is taught.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
I shall be glad of this opportunity to get a few dollars, and then make the best of my way to Sakkatou.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
If they make a break it'll be up to us to get the best of the trouble.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
By some remarkable means, Dick Kenyon had managed to get the best of the encounter.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Now we have got to talk over the best plan of getting him out.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Then, if we are getting the best of it, the rascal will join us, for the sake of the advantages which he expects to gain.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
I tried to get the best of my fears.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
I think I will dispose of this lot to Talbot; he is the best paymaster, and the first dark night I will get them away from here.
"The Brother Clerks" by Xariffa
Tinker set the car going, and began to try his hardest to get her best speed out of her.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson
After that, I'd just have to call a couple of the big restaurants in Venusport and get the best price.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
We get the best examples of this in the nicknames applied to the Norman kings.
"Stories That Words Tell Us" by Elizabeth O'Neill
Of the best version of "Peace Egg" which I have seen performed, I have as yet quite vainly endeavoured to get any part transcribed.
"The Peace Egg and Other tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
But he stuck to his post, knowing full well that, if he let up, the fire would soon get the best of them.
"Young Captain Jack" by Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
I intend to do my best to get Anne away this very night, if it upsets the entire town of Oakdale.
"Grace Harlowe's Plebe Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower

In poetry:

It is right to get up and do,
But why outstrip the rest?
Why should one of the many be one of the few?
Why should you think to be best?
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
As John ne'er prosper'd, all allow,
In getting heirs, to kill a cow;
It follows, the two first, we see,
Were the best work-men of the three.
"The Wager" by William Hutton
He's going to send some goods to the World's Fair,
And I hope of patronage he will get the biggest share;
Because his Tweed cloth is the best I ever did see,
In the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and ninety-three.
"Lines in Praise of Mr. J. Graham Henderson, Hawick" by William Topaz McGonagall
Sallying forth, we fought at several points—but in each the luck was
against us;
Our foe advancing, steadily getting the best of it, push'd us back to
the works on this hill;
Till we turn'd, menacing, here, and then he left us.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Carsonified is brilliant in putting together these online conferences, we get to watch some of the best speakers at the convenience of our space and theirs.
I finally get to write about my one true love of the year, the book I will champion against all others as the be all, end all best book of the year.
0Steve and Teresa LaFountain of Kalamazoo are trying their best to bring back the Fenton Cinema but the couple needs your help with funding in order to get the project going.
Well, it'll be a while before we get to see the film that was voted best picture of 2012 by the New York Film Critics Circle on Monday.
Saddled with financial woes and struggling through life in a dangerous neighborhood, washed-up actress Diane (Peters) refuses to let her depression get the best of her.
"When it was all over with, we got through cooking that was the best part of it when you tell everyone to come and get it," said Ricky Hicks.
Come early to get the best selection of cookies before they are gone.
In many ways, early autumn is the best time of year to get to the beach.
Calhoun County residents don't have to travel far to get one of the best cupcakes in the state.
RENTON – One of the best run defenses in the league the first half of the season, the Seattle Seahawks may have to get some extra work in on tackling dummies this week.
Not long ago, the city of Folsom was best known for its state prison – and as a place to drive through to get to Folsom Lake.
Since Everyone's Getting Engaged This Season, I Pulled Out Some Of The Best Wedding Fails For You To Enjoy .
The south end of Abercorn is crowded on the best of days, and it's going to get worse.
They have so much energy, and I am constantly in search of the best way to get their creative juices flowing.
And Myers will get to battle agains some of the best junior players in the world as Kelowna looks to win its second Memorial Cup in six years.

In science:

Maps were made using both uniform uv weighting (to get the highest resolution possible, at the cost of noise level) and natural uv weighting (to get the best signal-to-noise ratio possible, at the cost of resolution).
CLASS B1152+199 and B1359+154: Two New Gravitational Lens Systems Discovered in the Cosmic Lens All-Sky Survey
Of all the OC’s we have studied photometrically, four have the metallicity measured by high dispersion spectroscopy, the best technique to get reliable results, with uncertainties of less than about 0.1 dex in [Fe/H] (see Gratton 1999 for a recent review).
Old Open Clusters as Tracers of Galactic Evolution
We have applied the plane-parallel shock model of Michael et al. (2001) with exactly the same best fit parameters to the XMM-Newton data but we failed to get an acceptable fit.
X-rays from Supernova Remnants
For a given detector mass, one gets the best sensitivity for seeing a non-zero value of the muon to electron neutrino transition probability by placing an experiment near or slightly below the first oscillation maximum (1.27∆m2L/E ≈ π/2).
Summary of Working Group 2
It would be desirable to define a criterion of closeness with quantum predictions and, after that, to optimize the functions ρ and Pj in order to get the best LHV model of the said family, but this program will be left for the future.
Optical tests of Bell's inequalities not resting upon the absurd fair sampling assumption
Its fudge aspects are revealed in the different best-fit alphas you get for different choices of how to normalize composition to the changing one of the sun (Ferraro et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
In any case, the best thing to do in order to get an expression for the tension of the strings, including this 1-loop correction, is to make a numerical model, find the string-solution and integrate the energy-density to get a corrected tension.
D-term inflation after spontaneous symmetry breaking
If Rτ, S is measured with a 1% precision, the resulting Vus uncertainty will get reduced to around 0.6%, i.e. ±0.0013, making τ decay the best source of information about Vus .
QCD Description of Hadronic Tau Decays
Ratio of data to a fit to a power law function for preliminary central Au+Au spectra from STAR after artificial scaling to get the best agreement between species.
What's Interesting About Strangeness Production? - An Overview of Recent Results
If our ordering of the variables is right, the best m belongs to M1 and we get an analogue of (5.7).
The Brouwer Lecture 2005: Statistical estimation with model selection
In the next step, we will try to get best fitting of these data using regression analysis.
Statistical Analysis of Quasar Data and Hubble Law
The above scaling factor was determined in an attempt to get the best possible agreement to the ARPES quasiparticle self energy Σ1 (ω ) without changing the shape of I 2χ(ω )tr .
Finite band inversion of ARPES in Bi$_2$Sr$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_{8+\delta}$ in comparison with optics
Nevertheless, to get H s estimates and the best nonlinear results as possible, it is important to have the special structure of the two last terms in (23).
Geometric optics and boundary layers for Nonlinear Schrodinger equations
The conditional probability that each task (period) gets at least one edge given that K edges exist a priori and have been assigned in the best possible way (an edge each to K periods) is still dependent on the total number of edges, M, which is greater than n.
Sharp utilization thresholds for some real-time scheduling problems
Proof of Theorem 1.6: If we apply Theorem 1.5 to almost Mathieu operator directly, we can not get the best estimate, since by the local embedding theorem, we lose some analyticity, in order to get finer estimate, we need the following: Theorem 6.1.
Embedding of Analytic Quasi-Periodic Cocycles into Analytic Quasi-Periodic Linear Systems and its Applications