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- (idiomatic, transitive) To realise the maximal value, worth, or potential of (something); to derive as much benefit or profit from (something) as is possible.
- 1841, R[alph] W[aldo] Emerson, “(please specify the essay number)”, in Essays, Boston, Mass.: James Munroe and Company, OCLC 3778020:
- Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
- 2011 January 25, Les Roopanarine, “Wigan 1 - 2 Aston Villa”, in BBC:
- But with the home side likewise unable to make the most of a period of first-half ascendancy, Villa were swift to make amends on the restart.
- 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 68:
- As the 1857 to Manchester Piccadilly rolls in, I scan the windows and realise there are plenty of spare seats, so I hop aboard. The train is a '221'+'220' combo to allow for social distancing - a luxury on an XC train as normally you're playing sardines, so I make the most of it.