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little better than

Not much better than (someone or something); nearly as bad or inadequate as (someone or something). In our rural village, the classroom was little better than a barn with some chairs and desks inside. With the way they treat the money of their employees and investors, these CEOs are little better than con artists, in my opinion.
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little/no ˈbetter than

almost or just the same as; almost or just as bad as: The path was no better than a sheep track.
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Many will be thinking he is little better than a corporate crook.
The down side is that magnets could turn out to be a waste of money, little better than a good luck charm, and some magnetized products can be very expensive.
A look at the map below shows that this image is little better than a mirage.
It sounded a little better than the computer voice in the movies that speaks in a monotone," Herman says.
As a sign of things to come, net premium growth was only a little better than half the percentage increase for 2003.
In qualifying trim, I think they're a little better than us right now, but we'll keep working to try to catch them.
Otherwise, the dancing was little better than amateur, not only in Brahms Waltzes (presented by Dance Consort: Mezzacappa-Gabrian with teenaged girls from Young Dancers in Repertory) and Soaring (danced by LaGuardia High School students), but also in Symphony for Strings, in which Clay Taliaferro struggled with choreography he is too old to perform and an overweight John Crawford literally spilled out of his trousers.
We have been reading about the huge improvement in state budget deficits as the economy increases tax revenues, and the monthly reports of the national deficit have been coming in a little better than projected.
We'll be staying where we are now,'' said Dryden director Kevin Petersen, calling the news ``a little better than what we had a year ago.
We've found that many people can't believe we're open on bank holidays, but this is just one of the reasons that customers tell us that Compass is just a little better than other banks," said Mark Gibson, Compass' director of marketing.
But there's another water feature in the city, one that has been neglected for the better part of the century and treated little better than a landfill.