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better  

[1]  
      adj  
1       the comparative of       good  
2    more excellent than other members of a particular group, category, etc  
3    more suitable, advantageous, attractive, etc  
4    improved in health  
5    fully recovered in health  
6    in more favourable circumstances, esp. financially  
7    the better part of   a large part of  
the better part of a day     
      adv  
8       the comparative of       well  
9    in a more excellent manner; more advantageously, attractively, etc  
10    in or to a greater degree or extent; more  
she is better loved than her sister     
11    go one better   Brit intr; US tr   to outdo (a person) or improve upon (someone else's effort)  
12    had better   would be wise, sensible, etc. to  
I had better be off     
13    know better than to          not to be so stupid as to  
14    think better of  
a    to change one's course of action after reconsideration  
b    to rate (a person) more highly  
      n  
15    the better   something that is the more excellent, useful, etc., of two such things  
16    usually pl   a person who is superior, esp. in social standing or ability  
17    all the better for   improved as a result of  
18    all the better to   more suitable to  
19    for better for worse   whatever the subsequent events or changes may be  
20    for the better   by way of improvement  
a change for the better     
21    get the better of   to defeat, outwit, or surpass  
22    the better of     (Irish)   having recovered from  
I'm not the better of it yet     
      vb  
23    to make or become better  
24    tr   to improve upon; surpass  
     (Old English betera; related to Old Norse betri, Gothic batiza, Old High German beziro)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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n.
humorous term for soulmate, partner, spouse
[Hum.]
adv.
very little; very few; said to indicate that something is in a low amount/quantity or insignificant
E.g. You weigh like nothing; It costs like nothing; It is a big deal, but you make it look like nothing.
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
v.
To change something into something better
Fanute the apartment into a house. Jesus can fanute water into wine.
exp.
expression used when nothing is going well
q.
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
adj.
undesirable, at much lower standards than expected
synonym for "shitty"
id.
the carrot is more effective than the stick
adv.
maximum; no more (or later) than; at the most
E.g.: You have to be back at 11 o'clock tops; The show lasted one hour tops
adj.
a person with more power or authority than others
Eg.: Your father is one of the dominant man in his section because he is boss.
exp.
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better
n.
A currency coin worth $1.00 in Canada. Bigger than a quarter but smaller than a tooney.
looney also can mean strange or weird. ex.He had always been a little bit looney.
exp.
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
n.
a person who prefers to interact with his/her Google glasses rather than communicating with people in real life
[Neologism]
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the second main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of formation. The members of the formoisie have human capital, receive high wages (the most frequently thanks to their diplomas) and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1993 Yanick Toutain)
[Hum. Sc.] The formoisie is the social class that created social-democracy and stalinism.
n.
(in neomarxist thought) the third main exploitive social class: The bourgeoisie of innovation. The members of the innovoisie have usually human innovating capital. They receive (as individuals) copyrights or patent rights and consume more than the world GDP. (neologism 1996 Yanick Toutain)
n.
The acquisition of a startup primarily for the team and talent, rather than for the technology or product.
n.
an ambitious woman who thinks her career really matters more than many things and is not willing to compromise on it
adj.
having a single dominating theme; esp : having a theme continuing through more than one movement of a musical composition
id.
to be more sucsessful than others in a competitive situation.or to do things in advance to reach sucsess in a competition.
I jelous my friend she is always ahead of the game! That basketball tim was ahead of the game that is why they won!
n.
a business model in which goods or services are shared, swapped, or rented over networks, rather than being owned by individuals
Ex: Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accomodation marketplace Related to the concept of "sharing economy"

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