[ 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.
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Origin of better-off
First recorded in 1860–65
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Idioms and Phrases with better-off
In a more favorable position or financial circumstances. For example, They were better off flying than driving there, or They were better off than most of their neighbors. This phrase is the comparative form of well off. [Mid-1800s]
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