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    • Join Date: Apr 2008
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    "best" in this sentence

    This is a baseball article:

    The World Series starts October 22nd, with the improbable American League champion Tampa Bay Rays hosting the National League best Philadelphia Phillies. And there’s a 59 percent chance that the Rays will take the title. That what Bruce Bukiet says, anyway. He’s a mathematician at the New Jersey Institute of Technology who sets odds on the playoffs and World Series every year

    Hi~
    The word "best" seems weird for me, what is the meaning here?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: "best" in this sentence

    It is the verb meaning outwit or defeat. It looks as though the sentence should read: ...Rays hosting the National League and besting Philadelphia Phillies...

    There is definitely something wrong with the source material.

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