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I want the very best for my family.
If you go to Ireland in June, you should have the best of the weather.
She's a city lawyer, so she can afford the best of everything.
His chances of victory are, at best, uncertain.
The government's response seems to have been at best confused and at worst dishonest.
I'd only just got out of bed, so I wasn't at my best.
To see New England at its best, you should come in September when the leaves start to change colour.
There was no one to help me, so I just had to make the best of it.
Having missed his train, he decided to make the best of a bad job by having a leisurely meal.
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a curved area at one end of a church
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