- The high street is getting better at delivering good, fashionable styles and is great for an instant trend hit.
- Get someone else to do it preferably someone who is better at it than you are.
- Now does that mean we all can't be a little better at what we do or be a little more responsible?
- My message is that hostility can be turned to our advantage if we're better, smarter, wiser at the end of the season.
- Both the winner and the runner-up will be seen to better advantage over a longer trip.
- The runner up came from a long way back and should be seen to better advantage over an extended trip.
- She also says that where she is now is better because of recovery and rehabilitation facilities.
- Wishing both a great time and hoping that Jim's hand injury will soon get better.
- Sadly, a lot of this is due to the over use of antibiotics for illnesses which would get better on their own.
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- Sound travels better and faster in water than in air, so the sea is a perfect place for acoustic advertising.
- Whilst sound carries better in water than in air, that hasn't stopped mammals from using sonar in the air too.
- Men should travel to associate themselves better with the outside world and to find their place within it.
- Cue Andrew, whose style of bowling suited the conditions far better.
- As the rain fell Carrickmore seemingly were able to cope with the adverse conditions better.
- Hopefully, the world will be better able to live with itself in peace.
- Won't all of it be money that could be better spent fixing schools and hospitals instead?
- They say the money and time would be better spent trying to change sexual behaviour.
- Young believes profits are better spent finding and targeting new niches.
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- The world has been actively and consciously changed for the better in the past.
- Education brings about dialogue and hence the society could be changed for the better.
- I have high hopes that he will be able to change the way we look at sports, for the better.
- They are respected members of the community and for his family to see him ignoring and jeering his elders and betters is very disappointing.
- It is important to keep a sense of proportion about these things and, it seems to me, there are times when our elders and betters lose the run of themselves.
- Even the Parrot aimed to inculcate the habits of godliness and good behaviour, consideration for others, respect for ones elders and betters.
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- The 22-year-old then bettered her three previous performances at the French Open by beating the 10th seed en-route to the third round.
- The apparent ease at which he was scoring suggested he would have gone beyond the 300 barrier, but he was content with bettering his previous test-best score by exactly 100.
- He was unlucky not to receive an Oscar nomination for his touching and subtle performance, which betters any of his previous work.
- When workers do make meaningful advances against their local employers by modestly improving their wages or bettering their working conditions, the subcontracts are not as lucrative for the local elites.
- Exploiting the public is not leading it; satisfying its passions or sanctioning its ideas is not bettering them; and we understand… the heart of the people and their ideas.
- Eckstein worked all offseason to improve his range by bettering his footwork and getting good jumps on the ball.
- Some black immigrants, who originally came to Canada to better themselves and have now achieved middle-class status, prefer assimilation over heritage.
- Social mobility - people bettering themselves and so moving upwards through the ‘class' structure, surely a hallmark of any healthy and just society - has been halted in its tracks.
- Try reasoning with him, explaining your targets in life and what you would like to achieve and better yourself.
- In those appearances, she was bettered by two other competitors.
- And now I'll never have to be reminded of your bettering me again.
- Yet he was also bettered by Parker when I saw them spar.
Old English betera (adjective), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch beter and German besser, also to best.
1 In the verb phrase had better do something, the word had acts like an auxiliary verb; in informal spoken contexts, it is often dropped, as in you better not come tonight. In writing, the had may be contracted to 'd ( you’d better call), but it should not be dropped altogether (not you better call). 2 On the punctuation of better in compound adjectives, see well1 (usage).
be better off
- Be in a better position, especially in financial terms: the promotion would make her about $750 a year better off (as plural noun the better off) a paper read mainly by the better offMore example sentences
- Rachel added that getting a job wasn't always about being financially better off.
- So you'll be financially better off with a car if you don't actually need the bigger vehicle.
- So the more you can subtract negatives and add positives the better off you are.
the —— the better
- Used to emphasize the importance or desirability of the quality or thing specified: the sooner we’re off, the better the more people there the betterMore example sentences
- Hilberg proudly declares himself to be ‘a brute-force man’ undaunted by abundance: ‘the more paper in the files the better.’
- Scott's 28 now, so the quicker we get the fights the better.
- Moving to the full-backs, he recommends ‘safe men, tried and true ‘and the more powerful the kicks of the backs the better.’
the better part of
- Almost all of; most of: it is the better part of a mileMore example sentences
- I spent the better part of two hours sending my friends out into the cold of a snowstorm digitally.
- I spent the better part of today watching the England cricket team come agonizingly close to an improbable victory.
- She hasn't seen him for the better part of three years since he's been confined here.
better safe than sorry
- proverb It’s wiser to be cautious than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret.More example sentences
- As he clambered for a retort, he said something he instantly regretted: ‘Well, better safe than sorry.’
- ‘It is better safe than sorry on something like this,’ he said.
- It is even opposing inclusion of the ‘precautionary principle’ in assessing developments - better safe than sorry - despite the fact that this was agreed in essence at the earth summit in Rio de Janeiro 10 years ago.
the better to ——
- So as to —— better: he leaned closer the better to hear herMore example sentences
- I lift myself on my elbows the better to hear the rest of their conversation.
- He gripped my hand and pulled me slightly towards him, the better to hear, and I remember thinking that he smelt very nice.
- So we stepped outside, blinking in the suddenly warm sunlight, and leaned our heads against the door, the better to hear the conversation going on inside.
for better or (for) worse
- Whether the outcome is good or bad: ours, for better or for worse, is the century of youthMore example sentences
- Altair sensed no hostility in the man's tone of voice, and decided to give his full name, whether for better or for worse.
- Its outcome will, for better or for worse, change the quality of life in this country.
- Whether or not you buy into those particular labels, for better or worse, we tend to fulfil the self-images we're fed.
get the better of
- (Often of something immaterial) win an advantage over (someone); defeat or outwit: curiosity got the better of herMore example sentences
- I urged her on, my curiosity getting the better of me.
- The urge to quantify things gets the better of us, and we attach numbers to things that either aren't measured well or can't be measured at all.
- Why he left it there in the first place I don't know, but seeing it there made my curiosity get the better of me again.
go one better
- Narrowly surpass a previous effort or achievement: I want to go one better this time and scoreMore example sentences
- But the French are here, and won't accept anything less than going one better than their shock effort in 1999, in which they progressed to the final.
- Now everyone is really thrilled to have gone one better in achieving All Ireland honours.
- In particular, he hoped to go one better than was achieved at the group's Brindley Place development in Birmingham, where members of the public raised £50m to invest in the property.
- Narrowly outdo (another person): he went one better than Jack by reaching the finalsMore example sentences
- They kicked 12 wides in all but their opponents outdid them in that department went one better with 13.
- The five-year-old is napped to go one better, following a narrow defeat at the same course last week.
- They went one better than having a failed film star as president, and now have as head of state someone who is a complete and utter failure at everything other than being a complete loser.
had better do something
- Would find it wiser to do something; ought to do something: you had better be carefulMore example sentences
- If the FA thinks that was bad, they had better do something soon.
- But they had better do something about this quick.
- Mrs Hancock, said: ‘We will put £1m-plus into this on the grounds that if we're going to do it, we had better do it properly.
have the better of
- Be more successful in a contest: she usually had the better of these debatesMore example sentences
- The second game was a much closer contest with Grange having the better of the exchanges until midway through the second half when Kilbride rallied with some good scoring to force a draw.
- The 18-year-old defender, sent off when the sides met at Ibrox in November, scored just two minutes into a match that Aberdeen went on to have the better of.
- In truth, they stalled as the second half spawned something of a role reversal and Lincoln had the better of what followed.
no (or little) better than
- Just (or almost) the same as; merely: government officials who were often no better than banditsMore example sentences
- The fuel efficiency per passenger mile travelled by train is no better than that of an average diesel car carrying two people.
- The rides are good, but no better than what's on offer at Alton Towers.
- My Spanish no better than when I left England, I beckoned towards the hostel address in my guidebook.