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better1 British & World English

More desirable, satisfactory, or effective

better2 British & World English

variant spelling of bettor.

better in well1 British & World English

In a good or satisfactory way

bettor British & World English

A person who bets, especially on a regular basis

better in bettor British & World English

A person who bets, especially on a regular basis

better in good British & World English

To be desired or approved of

better off in better1 British & World English

In a more desirable or advantageous position, especially in financial terms

better off British & World English

In a more desirable or advantageous position, especially in financial terms

better half British & World English

A person’s wife, husband, or partner

go one better in better1 British & World English

Narrowly surpass a previous effort or achievement

no better than in better1 British & World English

Just (or almost) the same as (something bad); merely

go one better British & World English

Narrowly surpass a previous effort or achievement

no better than British & World English

Just (or almost) the same as (something bad); merely

kiss something better in kiss British & World English

Comfort a sick or injured person, especially a child, by kissing the sore or injured part of their body as a gesture of removing pain

had better do something in better1 British & World English

Would find it wiser to do something; ought to do something

the —— the better British & World English

Used to emphasize the importance or desirability of the thing specified

the better to —— British & World English

So as to —— better

someone's better nature in nature British & World English

A person’s capacity for tolerance, generosity, or sympathy

a better mousetrap in mousetrap British & World English

An improved version of a well-known article

a better mousetrap British & World English

An improved version of a well-known article

think better of in think British & World English

Decide not to do (something) after reconsideration

think better of British & World English

Decide not to do (something) after reconsideration

know better than British & World English

Be wise or polite enough to avoid doing a particular thing

know better than in know British & World English

Be wise or polite enough to avoid doing a particular thing

the —— the better in better1 British & World English

Used to emphasize the importance or desirability of the thing specified

get the better of in better1 British & World English

Gain an advantage over or defeat (someone) by superior strength or ability

have the better of in better1 British & World English

Be more successful in (a contest)

the better part of British & World English

Almost all of; most of

get the better of British & World English

Gain an advantage over or defeat (someone) by superior strength or ability

have the better of British & World English

Be more successful in (a contest)

so much the better in much British & World English

That is even better (or worse)

so much the better British & World English

That is even better (or worse)

kiss something better British & World English

Comfort a sick or injured person, especially a child, by kissing the sore or injured part of their body as a gesture of removing pain

for better or worse in better1 British & World English

Whether the outcome is good or bad

for better or worse British & World English

Whether the outcome is good or bad

someone's better nature British & World English

A person’s capacity for tolerance, generosity, or sympathy

have seen better days in see1 British & World English

Have declined from former prosperity or good condition

have seen better days British & World English

Have declined from former prosperity or good condition

better dead than red in red British & World English

A Cold War slogan claiming that the prospect of nuclear war was preferable to that of a communist society (or vice versa)

better dead than red British & World English

A Cold War slogan claiming that the prospect of nuclear war was preferable to that of a communist society (or vice versa)

better oneself in better1 British & World English

Achieve a higher social position or status

better safe than sorry in better1 British & World English

It’s wiser to be cautious and careful than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret

better safe than sorry British & World English

It’s wiser to be cautious and careful than to be hasty or rash and so do something you may later regret

had better do something British & World English

Would find it wiser to do something; ought to do something


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