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Shortening of had best
- (modal, auxiliary verb, colloquial) Had best.
- It's getting late. You'd best get on home.
- 1874, “Rattletrap Rhymes, No. 47, The Blighted Clerk and the Cruel Millner”, in Judy, Or the London Serio-comic Journal, volume 15, page 199:
- “This career you'd best be ending, And your ways you'd best be mending"
- 2013, Bret Anthony Johnston, “Encounters with Unexpected Animals”, in Elizabeth Strout, Heidi Pitlor, editor, The Best American Short Stories 2013, page 93:
- She'd come over for supper this evening, and though she volunteered to help Robbie and his mother with the dishes, Lambright had said he'd best deliver her home, it being a school night.
- 2020, Fergus Hume, The Wooden Hand, page 168:
- “I guess,” said Horace at this point, “you'd best speak civil of Miss Strode. I'm not taking any insolence this day.”
- 'd best is virtually synonymous with should in “We'd best be going” and ought to in “We'd best go”.