put your best foot forward
“Put your best foot forward” is a saying that means to make the best attempt possible.
Although this saying has been around since at least 1500, no one today is quite sure how it originated. One possibility is that if one leg of your pants is torn or dirty and you’re meeting someone new, you’d put the good foot forward to make the best of the situation.
Here is an example sentence using the phrase “put your best foot forward”:
Good luck to all Horizon students on the FCAT, and make sure you all put your best foot forward!