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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 less than in less British & World English

Used to emphasize a surprisingly large amount

no better than in better1 British & World English

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

no better than British & World English

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

no fewer than in few British & World English

Used to emphasize a surprisingly large number

no fewer than British & World English

Used to emphasize a surprisingly large number

larger than life in life British & World English

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

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 in nothing British & World English

Used to emphasize how great or extreme something is

nothing less than British & World English

Used to emphasize how great or extreme something is

none other than in none1 British & World English

Used to emphasize the surprising identity of a person or thing

none other than British & World English

Used to emphasize the surprising identity of a person or thing

holier-than-thou British & World English

Characterized by an attitude of moral superiority

heavier-than-air British & World English

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

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

more British & World English

To a greater extent

less British & World English

A smaller amount of; not as much

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

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

no sooner —— than in soon British & World English

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

would rather in rather British & World English

Used to indicate one’s preference in a particular matter

rather British & World English

Instead of; as opposed to

more dead than alive in dead British & World English

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

more dead than alive British & World English

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

be easier said than done in easy British & World English

Be more easily talked about than put into practice

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 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

sooner rather than later British & World English

Before much time has gone by

in no time in time British & World English

Very quickly or very soon

do more harm than good in harm British & World English

Inadvertently make a situation worse rather than better

do more harm than good British & World English

Inadvertently make a situation worse rather than better

in more ways than one in way British & World English

Used to indicate that a statement has more than one meaning


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