better than nothing


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better than nothing

An acknowledgment that a particular thing, although not ideal, is preferable to nothing at all. After two weeks, I finally got a return phone call from that company, which is better than nothing, I guess. Yeah, her gift was late, but it's better than nothing, at least.
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(It's) better than nothing.

Having something that is not satisfactory is better than having nothing at all. John: How do you like your dinner? Jane: It's better than nothing. John: That bad, huh? John: Did you see your room? How do you like it? Jane: Well, I guess it's better than nothing.
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