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Definition of "better-off" [better-off]

  • Being in a better or more prosperous condition: a visit to her better-off relatives. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "better-off" in a sentence
  • "The research found that in some cases the one-week summer schools "reduce completely" the gap between the success rates of better-off teenagers and those from poorer homes when it comes to getting into competitive universities in the Russell Group or 1994 group."
  • "Reducing tax relief from 40% to 20% would save more than £7bn and make the system fairer, according to Alexander, whose party insists that the better-off are benefiting disproportionately from the tax break."
  • "Germany and the other better-off countries blame the profligacy of Greece, Portugal and Italy and fear that an early bailout would relieve pressure on them to mend their ways."