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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References in classic literature ?
As our little Georgiana said, three five-pound notes are better than nothing, and if you sell a necklace you can buy things with the produce.'
But I said I was willing to let her hang him for destroying the well; so she concluded to put up with that, as it was better than nothing.
"I don't think we as a planning committee want people to accept something just because it's better than nothing."
'Mas maganda, better than nothing, kasi ang alam ko ang in-e-expect ng mga tao ay 'yung P700 na minimum wage pero kung P25 'yung ibibigay nila, I think for now, better than nothing,' the 31-year-old Tato said.
If you truly believe that P25 is better than nothing, take the minimum wage challenge or join us in the streets to demand our fair share of the social wealth we created," he said.
Thirty minutes is recommended but even five is better than nothing. | Confuse fitness goals.
But she said anything is better than nothing at all.
We could soon have But it's better than nothing. I realise that "better than nothing" is not a particularly inspiring slogan for the grand adventure of North East selfrule, but it's where we are.
The midfielder, who had already scored from the spot to level Darryl McHardy's early headed opener for the visitors, said: "We were the better team but a point is better than nothing. "That's nine games unbeaten now so hopefully we can start beating the top teams."
For the time being let's be thankful for the awards because something is better than nothing!
Ryan Giggs insists Europa League football is better than nothing as he bids to sign off as Manchester United manager on a positive.
An hourly, slow service to Cardiff is better than nothing but totally inadequate.
Sweeney made are valid, and it's true that something is better than nothing. But he's trying to sell a gun to folks who, for whatever reason, can't handle something more appropriate.
Alright, there's only really Andy Murray, but that's better than nothing, eh?
Serzh Sargsyan said that in 2014 salaries and pensions will be increased insignificantly, which is "better than nothing".