Best of both worlds

Best of both worlds  is an idiom with an uncertain origin. We will examine the meaning of the common idiom best of both worlds, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

Best of both worlds means to enjoy all the advantages of two different situations but not have to contend with any of the disadvantages. For instance, one who works from home and can structure his day around his family’s needs and yet work at a good-paying job may be said to have the best of both worlds. The expression best of both worlds became popular around the end of the 1800s and may have been derived from Voltaire’s work, Candide, which was published in 1759. In it, Voltaire uses the phrase: “the best of all possible worlds.”

Examples

Both a bottle shop and wine bar, this cozy downtown spot is the best of both worlds. (Fayetteville Observer)

For me, having a side hustle was the best of both worlds: I got the chance to be my own boss sometimes, but with greater financial security overall. (The National)

“At the same time, I think we’re giving him the best of both worlds, he gets to make that decision but we’ve laid out a plan that works for him.” (Anchorage Daily News)

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