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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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"I always say if you do something then it's 10 times better than somebody else doing it, because of what you've been through."
Of course, these people who had voted for me, they know that if you have been in government before, you will understand their problems better than somebody who had no idea of politics.
"I never believed in just being better than somebody. Money never drove me to work.
Benitez added: "Nobody can guarantee that another player will come in and do better than somebody currently in the starting line-up.
"Like, 'You gonna do what I say on this.' Other people choosing to put their hands over their heart, what makes that gesture better than somebody else who might be praying during the national anthem?"
I'm not looking to look better than somebody. It's for me."
Vernon, a young guy in the system, has to take advantage of that even better than somebody who has."
Delving into deeper theology, Madonna explained that "Jesus was a Jew, and a[bar] a catalyst, and I think he offended people because his message was to love your neighbor as yourself; in other words, no one is better than somebody else.
They are better than somebody with no initials after their name but rest assured their training does not include financial statement analysis, extensive training in the ethics of proper behavior and always putting your clients' interest first or the range of material a CFA is forced to master "
"It's smart, because going with what you think is funny is probably gonna work better than somebody else telling you.''
Dalglish said: "Some days Luis will play better than somebody else and on another day it will be someone else's turn to show up.
A natural mover can be better than somebody who does 10 pirouettes or is super turned out.
"The next day he said 'we want to get you in here, you're better than somebody else we've got'.
You have got to do it better than somebody else and cheaper than somebody else.
"I hadn't been particularly good at selling when I was at OCS but because of the challenge to be better than somebody else, combined with my age - I was then in my mid-30s -I found I just loved it and that I was in fact very good at it."