the better of
the better of
- to become superior to someone or thing
- to have an edge over
- to win or master something
- The man has seen many troubled times and is determined to give the better of days to his children.
- I am going to get the better of this competition even if it is the last thing that I do.
- My daughter got the better of the pie when competing with her brother for it.
- She tried to get the better of me in the game but lost anyway.
- I am not trying to get the better of any one. I am content the way things are working for now.
- To become the better of person you will need to forgive what happened and move on with your life.
- Between the two, he is definitely the better of qualities and humanity.
- The boy from the small town was determined to have the better of his competitors.
The origination of this phrase comes from its literal meaning, that is, to be better in comparison. The twist of words may have been the reason why the words became a phrase. The literary origin is speculated to be from the old English way of speaking in the United Kingdom from the medieval times.
better half ❯❮ beyond a shadow of doubt
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