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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 ?
It was a real catastrophe, not a mere episode, that evening of hers at Venice, when she had found in her bedroom something that is one worse than a flea, though one better than something else.
Something old and Blue is often better than something new and very often better than something borrowed.
Toby Batchelor, who discovered the property and took the photographs, said: "In the field of urban exploration it doesn't get better than something like this.
If you're looking for that perfect Halloween cocktail, what could be better than something bloody?
Another bittersweet tale of a talented musician gone too soon, "Better Than Something: Jay Reatard" offers an uncommonly intimate portrait of the prolific garage-punk phenom who died of a drug/alcohol cocktail in 2010, just shy of his 30th birthday.
Sir Robert Dowling, headmaster at St George's, said: "Our students love a challenge and what could be better than something which combined raising money for a good cause with improving their personal knowledge and increasing their passion for books?"
And it always tastes so much better than something wrapped in three layers of packaging with a far-off best before date on a supermarket shelf.
The bottom line on this is that tailored blanks, like a tailored suit, fit the application much better than something off-the-rack (i.e., where the material characteristics are simply sized for the most-demanding part of the application).
The fit and finish on the interior was much better than something you'd expect from Saturn, let alone GM.
In the fast and loose world of advertising, every product hawked is the best, or at least better than something else--not to mention new and improved.
One of the difficulties the dance faces--and here comes my second point--is the very idea that something new is almost invariably, intrinsically better than something old.
This is another example of a simple game being better than something that's too long or over-complicated.