even better

even better

A phrase used when talking about something that's more positive or exciting or a better option than that which preceded it. A: "Oh, I can come to the party now, and I'll definitely bring an appetizer." B: "Hey, even better!" I did get to my appointment on time and, even better, I didn't have to pay for parking! You could use a vacuum or, even better, a steam cleaner, to get all of this dirt off your rug.
See also: better, even
References in classic literature ?
How would the count have borne his dearly loved daughter's illness had he not known that it was costing him a thousand rubles, and that he would not grudge thousands more to benefit her, or had he not known that if her illness continued he would not grudge yet other thousands and would take her abroad for consultations there, and had he not been able to explain the details of how Metivier and Feller had not understood the symptoms, but Frise had, and Mudrov had diagnosed them even better? What would the countess have done had she not been able sometimes to scold the invalid for not strictly obeying the doctor's orders?
I will spend a quiet evening with you and then back to the world I love even better than I love life."
I don't set up to be a fighting man, Senor Samson, but only the best and most loyal squire that ever served knight-errant; and if my master Don Quixote, in consideration of my many faithful services, is pleased to give me some island of the many his worship says one may stumble on in these parts, I will take it as a great favour; and if he does not give it to me, I was born like everyone else, and a man must not live in dependence on anyone except God; and what is more, my bread will taste as well, and perhaps even better, without a government than if I were a governor; and how do I know but that in these governments the devil may have prepared some trip for me, to make me lose my footing and fall and knock my grinders out?
Fouquet did even better still; he certainly, in obedience to the king's expressed desire, seated himself at the table, but as soon as the soups were served, he arose and personally waited on the king, while Madame Fouquet stood behind the queen-mother's armchair.
The cry is answered by other braves; and some of them do it even better than the coyotes, who are not very good at it.
Later on we crossed a low-lying range of hills and found ourselves in an even better forest country.
Here were thousands of books as good as my four wonder-books, and some were even better. Libraries were not concerned with children in those days, and I had strange adventures.
"That was good, but this is even better. Both are better," he said, squeezing her hand.
Near us are those of Copan, while toward the frontier are those of Quirigua, which are even better preserved than the former.
It was even better than removing from East Broadway into bona fide, real, unequaled, league-long, eighty feet wide, Broadway!
"Well, I like that woman even better than her cream-cheeses," said Mrs.
And even better, for are we not armed with ages of superior knowledge, and have we not the means of protection, defense, and sustenance which science has given us, but of which they were totally ignorant?
"Let us employ it even better," said Rosa, smiling.
He knew the law even better than did the dogs that had known no other life, and he observed the law more punctiliously; but still there was about him a suggestion of lurking ferocity, as though the Wild still lingered in him and the wolf in him merely slept.
But he offered me even better than that--offered to make me president of some great college of physical sciences that is being planned--the Oligarchy must get rid of its surplus somehow, you see.