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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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Can it then be that Bulalio loves you better than us, Nada?"
We're Chelsea and no team should be able to come here and play better than us, and Sheffield United were better than us in the second half.
"The gaffer just made the point (at half-time) about keeping better possession and getting out better, because we thought they were doing it better than us.
They wanted to get on the ball more than us, their movement was better than us, their rotation was better than us.
"At the end of the day, I think the Premier League shows that."We got 97 points and a lot of people would say that deserves the Premier League title, but it didn't, because Manchester City got 98 and they were better than us.
"The first 20 minutes were difficult from throwing and long balls and they are much better than us in those situations but in the last 20 minutes we put the game into our hands and the goals help us to win the game.
"We've got players missing but on the day Rangers were better than us - 13th time unlucky, unfortunately.
Schneiderlin said: "Tottenham were better than us on the day.
"All three finishes were fabulous, they were better than us, they are better than us, and they will be champions in my view.
"Scotland are no better than us, Poland are no better than us and we maybe just edge it a small bit but it depends on how you play on the day."
"They bowled better than us, they fielded better than us and they certainly batted better than us so unfortunately it's a hard place to be at the moment, but we just need to stay true to ourselves and really back our beliefs and work incredibly hard.
"Hats off to Australia - they've batted better than us, caught better than us and bowled better than us."
"The best team probably didn't win, if I am honest, because Bedford played in the right areas much better than us and deserved something.
Now City have a chance to emerge from United's shadow and Richards said: "Because United have always been better than us and always had the bragging rights, it makes it more special.
"We've tried everything, but from one to 11 or whatever the numbers are they were better than us and stronger than us all over the park.
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