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better than

1. More skilled or adept at something than someone else is. Oh, he's way better than me at basketball— I can hardly make a basket!
2. More than. Hey, I did better than half the work on this project—now it's your turn to do something!
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better than

1. Superior to, as in He's no better than Tom at writing a memo. [9th century]
2. More than, larger in amount or greater in rate, as in My new car can do better than 100 miles an hour, or The new plan will cut better than 15 percent of costs. Some authorities consider this usage colloquial and advise that it be avoided in formal writing. [Late 1500s] Also see better half, def. 1.
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References in classic literature ?
"But if two was no better than one, as you said so yourself and as Grimshaw will bear witness, then three was no better than two except for an expense."
Ask them that if two chronometers ain't better than one, then how can two thousand be better than one?
Nothing can be more evident than that the thirteen States will be able to support a national government better than one half, or one third, or any number less than the whole.
However, the fact is true; and perhaps may be sufficiently accounted for by suggesting, that Jones probably thought one woman better than none, and Molly as probably imagined two men to be better than one. Besides the before-mentioned motive assigned to the present behaviour of Jones, the reader will be likewise pleased to recollect in his favour, that he was not at this time perfect master of that wonderful power of reason, which so well enables grave and wise men to subdue their unruly passions, and to decline any of these prohibited amusements.
Or why is it suggested that three or four confederacies would be better than one? I am persuaded in my own mind that the people have always thought right on this subject, and that their universal and uniform attachment to the cause of the Union rests on great and weighty reasons, which I shall endeavor to develop and explain in some ensuing papers.
Paul says as plain as can be in another place, 'I will that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully'; and then 'two are better than one'; and that holds good with marriage as well as with other things.
In the mean time I cautiously transferred myself from the limb down which I had been slipping to a couple of others that were near it, deeming two strings to my bow better than one, and taking care to test their strength before I trusted my weight to them.
Shakespeare is fine enough and great enough when all the possible detractions are made, and I have no fear of saying now that he would be finer and greater for the loss of half his work, though if I had heard any one say such a thing then I should have held him as little better than one of the wicked.
'I'm little better than one here, and see as much of the world.'
"One would rather have a stranger preferred than one's very particular friendwith a stranger it might not recur againbut the misery of having a very particular friend always at hand, to do every thing better than one does oneself!
'It will be painful if we don't a have gold, so anything better than one gold is definitely better than the last,'' he added.
TWO heads are better than one. This is especially true if you are a hairdresser, hat maker or a vet with a difficult case.
"Two Books are Better Than One: Reading and Writing (and Talking and Drawing) Across Texts in K-2" by Shari Frost (who in the course of her academic career has served as an elementary classroom teacher, a reading specialist, a professional developer, and an instructor at the university level, and who is currently a consultant with literacy coaches, intervention specialists, classroom teachers, and children in classrooms to support the improvement of literacy instruction in the Chicago Public Schools) helps teachers meet those demands.
Jones (right) is set to lead Wales for a record 31st time at Murrayfield, but the skipper, who regained the armband from Sam Warburton, says two or three minds are better than one.
But a successful hunt is always a bit better than one where a shot isn't fired or where one is fired and it misses!