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"better off" in British English

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better offadjective

uk   /ˈbet.ər ˌɒf/  us   /ˈbet̬.ɚ ˌɑːf/
be better off
to have more money than you had in the past or more money than most other people: Obviously we're better off now that we're both working. When his parents died, he found himself $100,000 better off (= he had $100,000 more than before).
to be in a better situation, if or after something happens: He'd be better off working for a bigger company.

better offnoun [plural]

uk   /ˈbet.ər ˌɒf/  us   /ˈbet̬.ɚ ˌɑːf/
(Definition of better off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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better off

in a more satisfactory situation than you were before: I know you’re unhappy that the relationship ended, but you’re better off without him.
Better off also means having more money and a better level of comfort in your life than you had before, or than someone else has: People in this country are far better off than they were ten years ago.
(Definition of better off from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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