'd best

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortening of had best

Verb[edit]

'd best

  1. (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.”

Usage notes[edit]

  • 'd best is virtually synonymous with should in “We'd best be going” and ought to in “We'd best go”.

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