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English definition of “had best/better”

had best/better

mainly UK
used to suggest an action or to show that it is necessary: You had best tell her (= it would be wise if you told her) that you won't be able to come to her party. We'd best be going now (= we should go now).
(Definition of had best/better from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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