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[bet-er-awf, -of] /ˈbɛt ərˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
being in better circumstances, especially economically:
Only the better-off nations can afford to send probes into space.
Origin of better-off
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The poor could work their way, driving cattle for the better-off.

    The Last American Frontier

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
  • And how the better-off among them pity their weaker brethren!

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • I found on lately revisiting Anjou, and in the Berri, that the better-off peasants are building houses with upper bedrooms.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The better-off purchase strong, unbleached goods of local manufacture.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • But the better-off people sent persons into the Upper House who were against it.

  • He was one of that hapless band who are always doing duty for other and better-off people.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
  • They have no bottles, nor have I, and the better-off bring great copper jugs and basins for an ounce or two of lotion!

  • The better-off were lavish—or had been until a few years previously—when they had certified proof that the cases were deserving.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • Luke knew that it contained gifts—the hateful, merciful, nauseating charity of the better-off.

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