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than British & World English

Introducing the second element in a comparison

other than British & World English

Apart from; except

no sooner —— than British & World English

Used to convey that the second event mentioned happens immediately after the first

no better than British & World English

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

no fewer than British & World English

Used to emphasize a surprisingly large number

heavier-than-air British & World English

(Of an aircraft) weighing more than the air it displaces

holier-than-thou British & World English

Characterized by an attitude of moral superiority

know better than British & World English

Be wise or polite enough to avoid doing a particular thing

larger than life British & World English

(Of a person) attracting special attention because of unusual and flamboyant appearance or behaviour

lighter-than-air British & World English

Relating to or denoting a balloon or other aircraft weighing less than the air it displaces, and so flying as a result of its own buoyancy

nothing less than British & World English

Used to emphasize how great or extreme something is

none other than British & World English

Used to emphasize the surprising identity of a person or thing

rather you than me British & World English

Used to convey that one would be reluctant oneself to undertake a particular task undertaken by someone else

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)

more dead than alive British & World English

(Of a person) hurt and in a very poor state

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

sooner rather than later British & World English

Before much time has gone by

in more ways than one British & World English

Used to indicate that a statement has more than one meaning

do more harm than good British & World English

Inadvertently make a situation worse rather than better

no fewer than in few British & World English

Used to emphasize a surprisingly large number

no less than in less British & World English

Used to emphasize a surprisingly large amount

blood is thicker than water British & World English

Family relationships and loyalties are the strongest and most important ones

be easier said than done British & World English

Be more easily talked about than put into practice

no better than in better1 British & World English

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

larger than life in life British & World English

(Of a person) attracting special attention because of unusual and flamboyant appearance or behaviour

know better than in know British & World English

Be wise or polite enough to avoid doing a particular thing

none other than in none1 British & World English

Used to emphasize the surprising identity of a person or thing

more British & World English

To a greater extent

less British & World English

A smaller amount of; not as much

actions speak louder than words British & World English

What someone actually does means more than what they say they will do

no better than one should be British & World English

Regarded as sexually promiscuous or of doubtful moral character

prevention is better than cure British & World English

It’s easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened

two heads are better than one British & World English

It’s helpful to have the advice or opinion of a second person

nothing less than in nothing British & World English

Used to emphasize how great or extreme something is

bite off more than one can chew British & World English

Take on a commitment one cannot fulfil

some —— are more equal than others British & World English

Although members of a society or group appear to be equal, in reality some receive better treatment than others

have eyes bigger than one's stomach British & World English

Have asked for or taken more food than one can actually eat

not see further than one's nose British & World English

Fail to consider different possibilities or to foresee the consequences of one’s actions

no sooner —— than in soon British & World English

Used to convey that the second event mentioned happens immediately after the first

rather you than me in rather British & World English

Used to convey that one would be reluctant oneself to undertake a particular task undertaken by someone else


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