better half

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somebody's better/other half

  (old-fashioned)
someone's husband or wife or the person with whom they have a romantic relationship I should think 3.30 on Wednesday will be fine but I'd better check with my other half.
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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"
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Unlike some (him) I don't just buy what I think I need and then leave my better half to throw it out days later.
Back in January, after four days of experiencing a pain in my left leg that I thought came from stretching while painting my bathroom, I finally faced my GP to inquire on a remedy for this old codger so I could continue my decorating activities and put a smile on the face of my better half.
So on the polar expedition went as I shouted to my better half clothes-shopping on the netbook in the warmth of the living room, "I'm going inside and I may be some time
I can't shout at the kids so at home my better half becomes the bed-time baddy.
For the record, I knew I would miss my better half but I was just being the bigger man.
She was the better half of me and now my better half is gone, I'm totally devastated.
My better half was out the door so fast on Wednesday night I mistook him for Speedy Gonzales.
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Cut to May 2002, the basement ballroom of the Hyatt Hotel ("Isn't that elegant," my better half, Charles, observes dryly), and Barney--now one of the dozen most influential members of Congress--has us alternately convulsed with laughter and challenged to become even more partisan.
my better half chilling out in local pub (where else on a Bank Holiday), a cousin kindly commented "Has anyone told you, look like a young Richard Griffiths?
She said: "You know he's my other half, my better half.
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I am typing at my computer crying at the thought of the waste of 12 months of organising, manouvering, posturing, sulking, generosity and cunning which goes into getting my better half to allow me to go to Chel- tenham.