make the most of

[make the most of] {v. phr.} To do the most you can with; get themost from; use to the greatest advantage.

She planned the weekendin town to make the most of it.

George studied hard. He wanted tomake the most of his chance to learn.

The teacher went out of theroom for five minutes and some bad boys made the most of it.

Billliked Mary; he would do anything for her, and Mary made the most ofit.

Compare: MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.