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best

[cf. colloq. had best OED, W3; dial, best idem ADD] modal v. had better: 1888 Else you'se best stop (Powles 285). (Gen.)

adj., adv. [Brit., US colloq. idem; cf. best foot forward] the better (of two): 1895 W'ich one you love bes' out o' de two? (Edwards 93). (Black)

Tags: adjective, adverb, modal, verb

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Last update: 2010-09-01 14:36
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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