be better off

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
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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.
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Some of us, it seems, would be better off if we would just realize that this is already the best of all possible worlds, and is going to get even better if we will just buy the right equipment.
Not only would the children be better off, but their fathers might actually discover what I already know: that fatherhood is fun, and that it really is the noble calling that I had envisioned, despite the crappy diapers.
We all will be better off when the issue of age is removed from the gay lexicon.
Talk to your M&A specialist to determine if you might be better off shutting down some facilities and consolidating your operations before you go to market.
Nowhere in all the hoopla about demutualization have I been given any reason to believe the policyholder is going to be better off by sacrificing dividends to satisfy a stockholder.
But although a British executive would be better off living in the US, the difference is not as significant as it may seem.
Thus, you may be better off admitting your mistake and starting over.
Clinton could sleep his term away and it wouldn't matter too much; in fact, the country might be better off. But he is our commander in chief.
If the ship is moving along in the water, the new CEO may be better off, at the outset anyway in fine-tuning the process versus changing the direction.