Best Bet, Your

Meaning of Idiom ‘Your (or one’s) Best Bet’

One’s best bet means the choice or action that is most likely to succeed; the best and most satisfactory choice.

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Examples Of Use

“Your best bet,” said the lawyer, “is to plead guilty and take a deal for a lenient sentence.”

“I have to be at the interview by 5 o’clock. Do you think I should take the interstate?” asked Jane. “That’s your best bet,” said John.


Used since around 1900. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

Although the use of the word bet in this idiom derives originally from gambling, it is often used to refer to a course of action or an option. So, one’s best bet is one’s best option.

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