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All the better

  • . See under All, adv.
Webster 1913

Better half

  • noun a person's partner in marriage
    partner; married person; spouse; mate.
  • an expression used to designate one's wife.
    My dear, my better half (said he), I find I must now leave thee. Sir P. Sidney.
Webster 1913

For the better

  • in the way of improvement; so as to produce improvement. "If I have altered him anywhere for the better."
Webster 1913

Had better

  • . (See under Had). The phrase had better, followed by an infinitive without to, is idiomatic. The earliest form of construction was "were better" with a dative; as, "Him were better go beside." (Gower.) i. e., It would be better for him, etc. At length the nominative (I, he, they, etc.) supplanted the dative and had took the place of were. Thus we have the construction now used.
    By all that's holy, he had better starve Than but once think this place becomes thee not. Shak.
Webster 1913

To be better off

  • to be in a better condition.
Webster 1913

To think better of

  • (any one), to have a more favorable opinion of any one.
  • (an opinion, resolution, etc.), to reconsider and alter one's decision.
Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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