Put your best foot forward You had better put your best foot forward today. This means that you should do your best and make a good impression. A project leader or team captain might use the phrase as encouragement before an important event: 'Come on, everyone, now's the time to put your best foot forward.' One expert says the idiom comes from the time when men wore tight leg coverings and they were advised to show off their best leg. However, the explanation isn't very convincing. Another idea is that it refers to the start of a race or someone setting out on a long journey on foot. This sounds more likely. An even better explanation describes someone at the start of a dance, getting into position, placing one foot in front of the other, ready to start moving with the music. With a good start, the dance should go smoothly. A bad start means that trouble lies ahead: 'I got off on the wrong foot with my new form teacher.' In other words, you did or said something stupid and created a bad impression. As you get used to a new situation and learn to cope, you will 'find your feet'. Anyway, that's enough for today. I've got to go and put my feet up. Go the extra mile For centuries in Britain, there was a law that everyone had to go to church on Sunday. So it's no surprise that there are many biblical references in daily English. In the famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, you will find, in the 41st verse, Jesus saying: 'If someone tells you to go a mile with them, go two.' That is, don't just do the minimum that is asked of you; show your willingness to help by doing more: go the extra mile. We can benefit from this advice, as we are all tempted to do the least amount of work and lead a peaceful life. But we have to strive to do more than what is required of us. If you have to wash the dishes, do it, but then go the extra mile and mop the floor. Your mother will think you are a special son or daughter. In any job, people will appreciate us all the more if we go the extra mile. For example, a doctor who not only treats his or her patients, but also smiles and chats with them will be more popular. The idiom covers situations where you do more than what is expected of you. Jesus seems to have meant even more than this as the example above is of someone being forced to do something they don't want to do. It takes great patience and humility to go the extra mile in such circumstances.