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As good as it gets

Posted by Henry on August 03, 2004

In Reply to: The "as [adj.] as somebody can be" pattern posted by sphinx on August 03, 2004

: Do you like Elvis' songs? in "Mean Woman Blues":
: "I got a woman as mean as she can be."

: I've heard this phrase "as adj. as one can be" a lot.
: What does that mean?

: Have you other examples?
: Thanks!

It means very mean, or as mean as possible.
That's as good as it gets.