be better off

be better off

1. To be in a preferable position or situation. Oh, honey, you're better off without him. As a computer programmer, you're better off moving to a city that's home to a lot of tech companies.
2. To be in a more favorable financial situation (than someone else). With that big raise, you're now better off than most of your neighbors.
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be better ˈoff

have more money: Families will be better off under the new law.Under the new tax regulations I will be a few dollars a month better off. OPPOSITE: be worse off
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be better off (doing something)

used to say that somebody is/would be happier or more satisfied if they were in a particular position or did a particular thing: She’s better off without him.You’d be better off staying at home with that cold.
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Some of us, it seems, would be better off if we would just realize that this is already the best of all possible worlds, and is going to get even better if we will just buy the right equipment.
Nowhere in all the hoopla about demutualization have I been given any reason to believe the policyholder is going to be better off by sacrificing dividends to satisfy a stockholder.
But although a British executive would be better off living in the US, the difference is not as significant as it may seem.
With Bob Dole in the White House and a Republican-controlled Congress, I would be better off than I am now.
And, four years from now, I will be better off than I am today.
To be better off, I must retrain myself for current job openings.
If the ship is moving along in the water, the new CEO may be better off, at the outset anyway in fine-tuning the process versus changing the direction.
You always advise women to ask themselves, "Would I be better off with him or without him?