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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.
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better off (somewhere)and better off (if one were somewhere else)
in a better position somewhere else. They would be better off in a cheaper apartment. We'd all be better off if we were in Florida. I know I'd be better off in a warmer climate.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
In a more favorable position or financial circumstances. For example, They were better off flying than driving there, or They were better off than most of their neighbors. This phrase is the comparative form of well off. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
In a better or more prosperous condition: would be better off taking the train instead of driving; felt better off after the rise in stock prices.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.