Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
Better half - Your better half is your husband or wife.
Better late than never - This idiom suggests that doing something late is better than not doing it at all.
Better safe than sorry - This idiom is used to recommend being cautious rather than taking a risk.
Better than a kick in the teeth - If something is better than a kick in the teeth, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
Better than a stick in the eye - If something is better than a stick in the eye, it isn't very good, but it is better than nothing.
Better the devil you know - This is the shortened form of the full idiom, 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't', and means that it is often better to deal with someone or something you are familiar with and know, even if they are not ideal, than take a risk with an unknown person or thing.
Discretion is the better part of valour - This idiom means that it is often better to think carefully and not act than to do something that may cause problems.
Half a loaf is better than no bread - It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all.
If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.
Make a better fist - If someone makes a better fist of doing something, they do a better job.
Seen better days - If something's seen better days, it has aged badly and visibly compared to when it was new. The phrase can also be used to describe people.
Two heads are better than one - When two people work together more things get accomplished.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. betere, bettre, and as adv. bet, AS. betera, adj., and bet, adv.; akin to Icel. betri, adj., betr, adv., Goth. batiza, adj., OHG. bezziro, adj., baz, adv., G. besser, adj. and adv., bass, adv., E. boot, and prob. to Skr. bhadra, excellent. See Boot advantage, and cf. Best Batful
Why you are saying to yourself all the time that you know better than I.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
She works better, sings better and is better.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
I really think we had better go, my darling tabby.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Would it not be better for them, better for the interests of them both, that they should be separated?
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
I looked in as I came; and her child is in want of better food, better cooked, than she is able to give him.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Now that you know what we want, we had better separate.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
It was better, much better.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
You know better; I know better.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
I didn't go for better because I was doing better.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
If you can't show us a better way you had better hold your tongue.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Polly would certainly get the better of her father as Ontario always got the better of him.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Men whose curiosity got the better of prudence left the car and returned.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
We came here haphazard, but could not have done better.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
You had better be off now.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
He had liked her better when she had worked harder and was as poor as he.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
I think you'd better go home, ma'am; a great deal better.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It would be better than trade any day.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Better day the better deed.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
I would rather wait for a better bill, and also for better men to work it.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Perhaps I had better give it to you on her behalf.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
And, when he talks sense,
"Better let Father
Haye his way."
"Old Man Hoppergrass" by Stephen Vincent Benet
"I got no riches.
I died a debtor.
I died free-hearted
And that was better.
"Thomas Jefferson" by Stephen Vincent Benet
The future, the future just
Over the way,
Is patiently looking for
A better day.
"Industry in Children. Proverb 22:6" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Till sometimes it did seem
Better it were
Never to see you more
Than linger here
"No One So Much As You" by Edward Thomas
And I'd be better dying,
And I am slow and sad;
A fool I am, a-crying
About a tender lad!
"The Trusting Heart" by Dorothy Parker
Merry, merry Christmas,
Better gifts than gold;
Merry, merry Christmas
To the young and old.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Who better than Better Than Ezra to do a tribute to LSU football.
Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton says D.C.'s arts scene "has gotten better, but honestly Baltimore has a way better arts scene and a way better music scene".
Pumping iron, running, and working towards getting in better and better shape.
For years, cars have been doing better and better in crash tests.
Biologists seem to be getting a better handle on what it takes to produce even better fishing.
Ten years after American involvement in Afghanistan, life there "isn't just better – it's much better," Charles Kenny says in Foreign Policy.
Better than anything else that i\'ve tried EXCEPT ICE CREAM ICE CREAM MIGHT BE BETTER.
An upgrade water heater will have better heating elements, in the case of electric water heaters , or better burners, in gas water heaters .
Christen Press knows that better than she might like, as a part of two Stanford women's soccer teams that reached the national championship game unbeaten, only to fall against teams that played better on those particular days.
"Making the right hire is better than the quickest hire , but admittedly sooner is better if possible.".
The lineup for the 2012 Iceland Airwaves festival just keeps getting better and better.
We've got to put a better product on the field, especially a better one than we saw Sunday.
This just gets better and better.
"Better sells better," he told them.
COLOR ink-jet printers keep getting better and better.
In the light of pair approximation [see Eq. (3)] better and better agreement is expected when increasing z .
Branching annihilating random walk on random regular graphs
Mostly because of the better imaging quality, ISO sensitivity limits in the mid-IR are 1000 times better than at the long wavelengths (0.1 mJy versus 100 mJy).
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
Realistic simulations of galaxy formation require spatial resolution better than 1 kpc and mass resolution better than 106 M⊙ in volumes at least 100 Mpc across containing more than 1017 M⊙ .
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
The struggle to develop better and better random number generators and the simultaneous efforts to unravel the hidden order in the pseudo random numbers generated, constitute an exciting and continuing enterprise, see for example .
Monte Carlo: Basics
It is clear that this algorithm (”learning with full memory”) should perform better than the memoryless learner algorithm described in the last section, but how much better? Since the analysis is quite simple, we present it here.
Mathematics of learning
For 3C273, better HST polarimetry is required, and several more bands of deep optical imaging would be very helpful to pin down the αo map better (compare the error bars in the runs of αo in Figures 1 and 2).
Revealing the Energetics and Structure of AGN Jets
The lowest energy distribution for regular systems coincides better with the distribution for the two-dimensional GOE, while the distribution for chaotic systems is in better agreement with the one obtained with a large-N GOE.
Ground State Properties of Many-Body Systems in the Two-Body Random Ensemble and Random Matrix Theory
For larger α, the asymptotics becomes better and better, but still does not reach the correct behaviour xc ≃ 1 − ln(c0 )/c0 of the minimal VCs.
Dynamics of heuristic optimization algorithms on random graphs
But as time progresses, the initial conditions are ‘forgotten’, and the model result and the analytic solution start to agree better and better, ending with almost perfect agreement in our last time step.
Dust coagulation in protoplanetary disks: a rapid depletion of small grains
This new generation of IRAS images, called IRIS, beneﬁts from a better zodiacal light subtraction, from a calibration and zero level compatible with DIRBE, and from a better destriping.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
ISSA maps we again used the DIRBE data that were better calibrated and that used a better zodiacal emission model.
IRIS: A new generation of IRAS maps
Smaller size is better in data compression, but larger size is better in intrinsic randomness.
Second order asymptotics in fixed-length source coding and intrinsic randomness
A better understanding of single-input vs. multi input dynamics in Boolean networks could promote a better understanding of similar effects in more complicated dynamical systems.
Random maps and attractors in random Boolean networks
The discrepancy between their results and ours is possibly due to the fact that the 2MRS is a better tracer of the galaxies at nearby distances, whereas the X-ray cluster data are better samplers of the matter distribution beyond 150 h−1 Mpc.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey
In our numerical examples, we have found that the ﬁrst-order saddlepoint approximation to Ξj works better in the case of one-sided truncation (i.e., if either a = −∞ or b = ∞), while the second-order approximation works better in the case of two-sided truncation (i.e., if a > −∞ and b < ∞).
Saddlepoint approximation for moment generating functions of truncated random variables