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Difference between Do best and Do one’s best

do best

1. be most prosperous; achieve the best results, etc.:

  • Turnips do best in a cool, well-ventilated area such as a root cellar.

2. (followed by Infinitive) be well-advised to act in a particular way:

  • If you want a full overview of this puzzling tale, you would do best to read two new books.

do one’s best—(also: give of one’s best) do all one can; do smth. as well as one can:

  • He wasn’t particularly angry. He was looking, or doing his best to look, grave.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase make the best of oneself—make oneself as attractive as possible:

  • These letters were full of advice on how to make the best of oneself when just beginning one’s career.