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Put One's Best Foot Forward


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Today’s idiom is to put one’s best foot forward. This phrase means to act or appear at one’s best; to try to make a good impression.

Here is a sample newspaper headline with this idiom:

Bono puts his best foot forward (Source: The Sun, 4 August 2011, Gordon Smart)

In this article, a photograph is shown of the U2 singer, Bono. In the photograph, it appears as if he has nail polish on his toe nails. Here, the article’s author is playing with the literal meaning of the expression to
put one’s best foot forward, i.e. putting one’s foot forward, and the idiomatic meaning, i.e. making a good impression.

How important is it to make a good first impression? Is it true that you never get another chance to make a first impression? Can you think of a situation in which it is especially important to
put your best foot forward?






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