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I hate alarms. If they go off I get really tetchy. I hate them. They just get me going, I'm hyper at the best of times, but they drive me mad.
Kirsty Gallacher

Meaning of "at the best of times" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF AT THE BEST OF TIMES

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WHAT DOES AT THE BEST OF TIMES MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of at the best of times in the English dictionary

The definition of at the best of times in the dictionary is used when you are making a negative or critical comment to emphasize that it is true even when the circumstances are as favourable as possible.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AT THE BEST OF TIMES

at the back of one´s mind
at the cost of
at the double
at the drop of a hat
at the earliest
at the end of one´s tether
at the end of the day
at the expense of
at the fiddle
at the last gasp
at the latest
at the least
at the mercy of
at the outside
at the press
at the ready
at the request of
at the same time
at the sharp end
at the top of one´s lungs

WORDS THAT END LIKE AT THE BEST OF TIMES

Alpes-Maritimes
at all times
at times
behind the times
betimes
betweentimes
limes
Maritimes
oftentimes
ofttimes
opening times
sometimes
times
wind chimes

Synonyms and antonyms of at the best of times in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «at the best of times» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AT THE BEST OF TIMES

Find out the translation of at the best of times to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of at the best of times from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «at the best of times» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

在最好的时代
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

en el mejor de los tiempos
570 millions of speakers

English

at the best of times
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

समय का सबसे अच्छा पर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

في أفضل الأوقات
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

в лучшие времена
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

no melhor dos tempos
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শ্রেষ্ঠ সময়ে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

dans le meilleur des temps
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pada masa yang terbaik
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

in den besten Zeiten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

時代の最高の状態で
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

시대의 최상의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ing paling apik kaping
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ở thời điểm tốt nhất
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிறந்த நேரங்களில்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सर्वोत्तम वेळा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

En iyi zamanlarda
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

il più delle volte
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wnajlepszych czasach
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

в кращі часи
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

la cele mai bune de ori
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

στην καλύτερη των περιπτώσεων
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

by die beste van tye
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

i den bästa av tider
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

på den beste av ganger
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of at the best of times

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AT THE BEST OF TIMES»

The term «at the best of times» is very widely used and occupies the 3.524 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AT THE BEST OF TIMES» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about at the best of times

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3 QUOTES WITH «AT THE BEST OF TIMES»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word at the best of times.
1
Kirsty Gallacher
I hate alarms. If they go off I get really tetchy. I hate them. They just get me going, I'm hyper at the best of times, but they drive me mad.
2
William Kircher
Adolescence is a difficult time at the best of times, and especially in a smaller town - there's all these different energies going on.
3
Russell Smith
I dislike turtlenecks at the best of times, as they are always unflattering to the imperfect male physique, but when worn in combination with a v-neck sweater, they say 'Grandpa' louder than any other item of clothing.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AT THE BEST OF TIMES»

Discover the use of at the best of times in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to at the best of times and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Mikhail Bakhtin
... in words that I take and give back to the community according to the protocols it observes. My voice can mean, but only with others — at times in chorus, but at the best of times in dialogue. Meaning in this view is made as a product, much as  ...
Katerina Clark, Michael Holquist, 1984
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Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New ...
The quarter was the one part of town where all restraints — never too oppressive in New Orleans at the best of times — were cast aside. People of both sexes sometimes cast all clothes aside too, and it was not unknown for strangers to ...
Gill, James
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In the Whirlwind
... out of line. The Best of Times At the best of times we 56 Praise Song for the Sun 67 The Best of Times 69.
Tichaona M. Chinyelu, 2006
4
The Warrior of God
Travelling through Rosales' National Park was insane at the best of times. Antonio had trained here with multiple units living off the land and enjoyed brisk hikes in the heartiest of the nation's lake and mountainous terrains. In the past ...
George Milonas, 2009
5
The Canadian Defence Industry in the New Global Environment
47 The strength of the association's arguments and the logic of DND's perspective are partly undermined by the simple fact that defence production in Canada cannot be self-supporting even at the best of times - and these are far from the best ...
Alistair D. Edgar, 1995
6
Siege
A small, weasel-like man whose shirt collar was several sizes too big for him, he was quietly spoken at the best of times but these weren't the best of times. Pressed by the military authorities at the scene of the crime to issue an immediate  ...
David Humphry, 2007
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The Kentons
His mother had cast him off, as he felt, very heartlessly, though it was really because she could not give his absurdities due thought in view of the hopeful seriousness of Ellen's affair, and Boyne was aware that his father at the best of times was ...
William Dean Howells, 1stworld Library, 2006
8
Deep Shaker: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#3)
sprawling mass that is Cleveland Municipal Stadium can be cold and uncomfortable at the best of times. In the winter—not the best of times—being there constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. On this particular November Sunday a ...
Les Roberts, 2005
9
Ireland's Children: Quality of Life, Stress, and Child ...
The actions and interactions of the great figures of the era are not excluded but are relegated to the background as many families sought to survive at the best of times. Their children are the focus at a time when Nature rather than statesmen ...
Thomas Edward Jordan, 1998
10
Dill of the Nile: The Wise Man Who Arrived Early
It was a harsh world, but the moleskins had to have soft covering on their hard covers. “It's been a stressful life at the best of times, Mr. Dill, but one day it became unbearable. Complete strangers and outside agitators demanded that all ...
William Griffin, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AT THE BEST OF TIMES»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term at the best of times is used in the context of the following news items.
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Bath resident petitions council for installation of zebra crossing on …
The petition reads: "At the moment during peak times Lansdown Lane is a very busy road and its difficult to cross at the best of times - even ... «Bath Chronicle, Jul 15»
2
Women spend months of their lives choosing what to wear …
... research, said: “Many of us have a huge variety of clothes in our wardrobes, and picking what to wear can be a nightmare at the best of times. «Luton Today, Jul 15»
3
Andy Murray vs Ivo Karlovic, Wimbledon 2015 - live: Murray two sets …
Murray doesn't make it look like easy work at the best of times, but this set is trundling along towards a tie-break. Karlovic doesn't show much ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
4
Opinion: Travelling to Samoa with the All Blacks
Samoa is hot and humid at the best of times. Tonight, it was on fire. The noise was almost indescribable – a wall of cheering and singing and ... «3News NZ, Jul 15»
5
Royals 3, Twins 2: Santana shines in return, but Royals walk off in …
... the plate would be a big boost for Minnesota's run scoring, but those positions where it's difficult to acquire a good player at the best of times. «Twinkie Town, Jul 15»
6
Trading Tremors On The Uptick
The summer is an illiquid period at the best of times in financial markets, where the ruling pattern is to sell everything in May before leaving for a ... «Investing.com, Jul 15»
7
Arsenal's Star Man of the Week: Alexis Sanchez
This technique, known as the Paneka to many, is outrageous at the best of times, let alone the final of one of the biggest football competitions in ... «VAVEL.com, Jul 15»
8
Games you can play this week - screaming engines and wormy chaos
... improve both screen quality and the ability of the A.I., which has been attacked by critics in the past for being unrealistic at the best of times. «MyGaming, Jul 15»
9
The bitterest of tastes
Defeat leaves a bitter taste at the best of times. Even more so, when the defeated know that they could have done more to avoid it. This is by no ... «Buenos Aires Herald, Jul 15»
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PAUL O'BRIEN: Updated trunk roads could bring new business to …
The A27 is, at the best of times, an incredibly hard road to use with all its pinch points, roundabouts and single lane breakdowns. However, add ... «Worthing Herald, Jul 15»

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