be better off

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be better off

1. To be in a preferable position or situation. Oh, honey, you're better off without him. As a computer programmer, you're better off moving to a city that's home to a lot of tech companies.
2. To be in a more favorable financial situation (than someone else). With that big raise, you're now better off than most of your neighbors.
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be better ˈoff

have more money: Families will be better off under the new law.Under the new tax regulations I will be a few dollars a month better off. OPPOSITE: be worse off
See also: better, off

be better off (doing something)

used to say that somebody is/would be happier or more satisfied if they were in a particular position or did a particular thing: She’s better off without him.You’d be better off staying at home with that cold.
See also: better, off
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So I left him, saying to myself, as I went away: Well, although I do not suppose that either of us knows anything really beautiful and good, I am better off than he is,-- for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows; I neither know nor think that I know.
He said: "Once I started working the amount I received reduced, so while I am better off by a few pounds per month, I am working for that.
As a mum of four, I have found out I am better off not working and just claiming benefits.
I am better off contesting on APC platform than on an opposition platform.
class="MsoNormalI am better off with them written and unpublished than without having written them.
I am still rightly intimidated by ice, but I am getting better at predicting which conditions are acceptable and which are those where I am better off on the ground.
I finally decided that, since journalists often advocate for "freedom of expression," I too deserve my "freedom to believe." Now I use my judgment to evaluate the material that I read: I am better off living with my own private "devised beliefs" than falling prey to fabricated narratives.
For some reason I got out and over a period of time I realised that I am better off being at the non-striker's end.
Remember cries of 'I am better off on benefits than working'?
Now I am better off and I have enough to eat," Pak says.
I am better off a teacher," he said, referring to previous attempts to goad him into mediating a truce.
When someone says "I am better off on the dole" then that is exactly what they mean."
Still, I am better off than the person sat at the side of me in his wheelchair.
In any event, even though I often work into the wee hours to help my clients hit their deadlines -- even though I am agitated that the thousands of dollars I pay in taxes are funding some government employees who are paid to do nothing -- I know I am better off.