(one's) better half

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(one's) better half

One's significant other (typically one's spouse). Oh, there's my better half! Honey, come say hi to some of my work friends! A: "Wait, Jennie is Ken's better half?" B: "Oh yeah, they've been married for years."
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one's better half

Fig. one's spouse. (Usually refers to a wife.) I think we'd like to come for dinner, but I'll have to ask my better half. I have to go home now to my better half. We are going out tonight.
See also: better, half

better half

1. Also, better part. The larger amount or majority of something, as in I won't be long; the better half of this job is complete, or I have spent the better part of my life in this city. Sir Philip Sidney used the first term in Arcadia (1580): "I ... shall think the better half of it already achieved." The variant appears in a well-known proverb, discretion is the better part of valor.
2. Also, my better half. One's (my) spouse, as in I'm not sure if we can go; I'll have to check with my better half. Originally this expression meant "a close friend or lover," and by the 16th century it referred to either a wife or lover. Sidney used it in this way, again in Arcadia: "My dear, my better half (said he), I find I must now leave thee." Today it tends to be used lightly for either husband or wife. "Late 1500s"
See also: better, half

your better half

your husband or wife. humorous
See also: better, half

your better/other ˈhalf

(informal, humorous) your wife or husband: I’ll have to ask my better half about that.
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References in classic literature ?
Were you an ape, you would know that only a bull in the throes of madness will turn upon a female other than to gently chastise her, with the occasional exception of the individual whom we find exemplified among our own kind, and who delights in beating up his better half because she happens to be smaller and weaker than he.
Bumble was cunning enough; and he at once saw that an opportunity was opened, for the lucrative disposal of some secret in the possession of his better half.
He's rapidly regaining flesh since he lost his better half.
This seemed to sober the black for a moment as though he had temporarily forgotten his better half.
KARACHI -- RawalpindiIslamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) secretary Nasir Abbas Naqvi extended his deep condolences to former world squash champion Qamar Zaman Khan on the death of his better half.
When Eric raids the freezer, he leaves the door open and all the food inside thaws out, so his better half Beth throws an impromptu party for friends Cathy, Colin, Ian, Jaz, Christine and Sophie to consume the food before it goes to waste.
Danish star Erik Sviatchenko and his better half Anne Rudmose have both been signed up by Celtic.
The Man U player and his better half dined at a Thai restaurant, called 'Chilli Banana', together, the Mirror reported.
The controversial couple wed when the star was 62 and his better half was 27 during a ceremony in Venice.
Rami refused to reveal the identity of his ex-fiance and stated that when he decides to marry and find his better half he will hold a civil marriage ceremony, since he does not believe that religion separates those who are in love.
Shoaib, who had taken his better half and Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, Pakistan, said he knew that he would witness thrilling atmosphere but never knew it was going to be this big and that he could not help feeling totally overwhelmed.
left his better half, an untrained soldier, fighting heartache.
Anyway, clearly a man who thinks it might be an idea to have a word first with his better half before he shifts her and the kids miles from their friends, family and schools is softer than a 90th minute penalty.
In return, it promises to grant the man anything he asks, The fisherman releases the fish, and promptly goes home to ask his better half what he ought to wish for.
All enjoyed the Creole menu from Michael's, the zydeco music from Easy Street, bidding on artworks from talented students and faculty, and seeing Ringling prez Larry Thompson and wife Pat as author Mark Twain and his better half, Olivia.