Context: "We did the best we could. There wasn't much else we could have done because there was no possible better solution at the time"

The problem I have with what's already written is that it sounds a little too wordy.

  • 3
    'This was the best that could be done at the time.' Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 19:47
  • It's the best we know how.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 19:59
  • "We were out of options"
    – NVZ
    Commented Jul 19, 2016 at 5:02

2 Answers 2


Make do comes to mind:

  • Manage with the limited or inadequate means available. (ODO)
  • We had to make do with the solutions we could offer at that time.
  • I knew it was something along those lines, thanks. I'll accept your answer tomorrow
    – user180089
    Commented Jul 18, 2016 at 19:33

Sometimes, you just gotta play the hand you're dealt

To accept, deal with, and make the most of one's current situation or circumstances; to make use of that which one is afforded or has available. I know you feel unsatisfied with your life at the moment, but we all have to play the hand we're dealt. Just keep working hard and things are bound to improve! I never asked to be responsible for the business, but I'm going to play the hand I was dealt.

play the hand you're dealt. (n.d.) Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. (2015). Retrieved July 18 2016 from http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/play+the+hand+you%27re+dealt

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