being in better circumstances, especially economically: Only the better-off nations can afford to send probes into space.
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How to use better-off in a sentence
They can say that they're not giving up on their goal of making the better-off pay their fair share in taxes.Barack Obama and the Democrats Need to Take a Stand for Jobs | Michael Tomasky | June 13, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the better-off people sent persons into the Upper House who were against it.History of Australia and New Zealand | Alexander Sutherland
The poor could work their way, driving cattle for the better-off.The Last American Frontier | Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
Luke knew that it contained gifts—the hateful, merciful, nauseating charity of the better-off.The Best Short Stories of 1917 | Various
The "Hollies" became a kind of club for the disconsolate, "better-off" men of the district.The White Peacock | D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The better-off people had plates of pewter, and kings and princes indulged in those of silver.Pottery and Porcelain, from early times down to the Philadelphia exhibition of 1876 | Charles Wyllys Elliott
Other 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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