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best bet

noun

the most satisfactory option under the circumstances; the choice most likely to bring success

Word Origin

1906

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  • The first looks the best bet to me—but, as I said, we don't have to decide yet.

  • The lifeboats had seemed to be the best bet, except that Meta had told him they had no fuel.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • "Maybe the seacopter itself is our best bet," Bud suggested.

  • But I tell you one thing I'm going to do, and that's a one best bet.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • And phrases: dollars to doughnuts, on the job, that gets me, one best bet.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
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best bet

noun

The most advantageous course of action: Your best bet is to make all decisions yourself (1941+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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