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Meaning of “better late than never” in the English Dictionary

"better late than never" in British English

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better late than never

saying said when you ​think that it is better for someone or something to be late than never to ​arrive or to ​happen
(Definition of better late than never from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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better late than never

it is better for someone to ​arrive or do something late than not to ​arrive or do it at all: "Dan ​finallypaid me the ​money he ​owed me." "Well, better late than never."
(Definition of better late than never from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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