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To get the better of

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To get the better of to obtain an advantage over; to surpass; to subdue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Two French toolmakers were the first engineers to put the engine in the front of the car. This gave the car better balance, made it easier to steer, and made it much easier to get all your luggage in.
    • To get the better of to gain the advantage over
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
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    “If I have said something to hurt a man once, I shall not get the better of this by saying many things to please him.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bet (adv.), betera, better; Goth. batiza, Ger. besser. Prob. cog. with Boot.

Usage

In literature:

There's not a bit of use his trying to get the better of me in that way.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
She has made frantic efforts to get into some part of society better than the lowest.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
In the furor he stood up on his table to get a better view of the extraordinary demonstration.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
But having once controlled the outburst, he did not suffer them to get the better of him again.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
She could see them here and there rising up on their hind-quarters as though to get a better view of the sea.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
Passion getting the better of prudence, they will even reproach him with ingratitude, taunt him with his uselessness, and leave him to starve.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
To put it bluntly, Miss Addams let her impatience get the better of her wisdom.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
He is going to get the sawdust and shavings out of the way, and then we can make a better search.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove" by Laura Lee Hope
You know the country, and can judge far better than I can as to our chance of getting through.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
This is more remarkable because I fully expected he was going to get better, and at the moment of my dream he seems to have died.
"Real Ghost Stories" by William T. Stead
Every fellow jumped to his feet, and several immediately stepped out so that they could get a better view of the dark lake.
"The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire" by Herbert Carter
You ought to get better posted on the Order of Who-Who's.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
It is so much better to get up and say to the waters of one's own troubled spirit: Peace, be still ...!
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
I can see a little bit of the fall; I'll see it better if I get over on to that other branch.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil
Then she and Aladdin made a plan to get the better of the Magician and to recover the lost lamp.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Logan Marshall
You'll have to take to getting up earlier in the day, if you expect to get the better of any crowd that I'm leading.
"The Grammar School Boys Snowbound" by H. Irving Hancock
Tom, seeing that Sam was getting better at last, began to hope for his complete recovery, and the hope made him buoyant of spirit again.
"The Big Brother" by George Cary Eggleston
Gerald, you had better get to the extreme left of the line.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
You'll have to get up earlier before you get the better of Robert Lefroy.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
The laugh seemed to get the better of him.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
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In poetry:

But at afternoon or almost eve
'Tis better; then the silence grows
To that degree, you half believe
It must get rid of what it knows,
Its bosom does so heave.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
We are getting to the end of visioning
The impossible within this universe,
Such as that better whiles may follow worse,
And that our race may mend by reasoning.
"We Are Getting to the End" by Thomas Hardy
No, what good is infinity serve?
let me see that I have food and cigarettes;
that my night clothes do not smell
and that I get the better of a wart on my neck.
I get a handkerchief to blow my mouth.
"“No, what good is infinity serve?”" by Gunnar Bjorling-other
cho; You know she's a cheater, son
And you think that you're the one
That's got a lot of what it takes to change her;
I've no doubt that you can get her
You ain't much, but that don't matter
Nothin' suits her better than a stranger.
"Your Time's Comin'" by Shel Silverstein
I guess I'll go to the tavern and get a bottle of rye
And leave it down by the hollow oak, where Lilly's ghost went by.
I meant to go up on the hillside and try to find his grave
And put some flowers on it — but this will be better for Dave.
"Dave Lilly" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

Seafood sales will get a huge lift in the coming years, thanks to favorable demographics, better supplies and marketing programs, according to a panel of industry experts.
On the strategy of losing to get better: We would never accept a player not trying hard.
(CBS News) This is one of those fascinating videos where you get a chance to literally see and hear history over the better part of a century in a very unique way.
The It Gets Better Project has a new group to count among their allies: the students and professors of Yale University .
Should he be able to get better results with my account than the Dow Jones industrial average or the Standard & Poor's 500 annually or over a five-year period of time.
Better get moving if you want to be part of new Food Network television series The Bobby Flay Project.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Time to get your flu vaccine — and a surprising new report shows babies and toddlers seem to be getting protected better than the rest of us.
Thanks to Massena school's Interact Club, students have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves, get a better sense of their community and the world and help others in need.
Now it is time to get your mower out and start mulching these things of beauty, or probably the end of fall would tell the story better.
The blackjack tables are crammed as the Indian leader enjoys a risk-laced, bountiful day, the kind of day he envisioned when he applied to Harvard Law School, the better to get inside the C.E.O.
For millions of drivers stranded because of hurricane Sandy, the dire situation is not expected to get much better for a few more days.
We went to the experts to get better solutions for some of the most common scream -inducers.
With the election of the nation's first African-American president, the time is right to get a better understanding of our consumer base to make sure we're meeting their needs.
Lisa Marie Varon (a.k.a TNA Knockout Tara, formerly WWE Diva Victoria) stops by with the trainers of Morph Personal Training to talk about how RedEye's Elliott Serrano is doing in his quest to get into better shape.
If you get the chance to make the explosion even bigger and you get to keep all of your fingers then so much the better.
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In science:

In order to get an upper bound for D(µ) for smaller values of µ, first of all, we need to get a better bound for the Hilbert-Schmidt norm of the operator AE .
Log-integrability of Rademacher Fourier series, with applications to random analytic functions
If a better signal-to-noise ratio is desired, a coronographic image of the PSF is required in order to get a smaller noise level.
High angular resolution coronography for adaptive optics
In order to get better understanding of the chosen scaling it is instructive to consider first the limiting case of extremely weak non-Hermiticity.
Almost-Hermitian Random Matrices: Eigenvalue Density in the Complex Plane
To get some better understanding of how this works, let’s look at the propagators in the box diagram of Fig. 15.
A Modern Introduction to Quarkonium Theory
Finally, it stands to reason that if we can get a handle on the tradeoff between information and disturbance for such a special case, we will be better prepared for understanding the more general one of an arbitrary efficient measurement.
Information Tradeoff Relations for Finite-Strength Quantum Measurements
Increased statistics and a better understanding of the dynamics for x < 0.1 are needed to get a more precise measurement in this region.
Summary of the structure function session at PHOTON 2001
It must be noted the BaBar offers a unique opportunity to get precision of 2-4% or even better than 1% for the two charged pions mode (the ).
QCD, New Physics and Experiment
Moreover, one needs to check the correlation at higher resolutions, and if possible higher Prandtl numbers, using different kind of codes to get a better characterization and a physical description of the phenomena involved in this observation.
Impact of dimensionless numbers on the efficiency of MRI-induced turbulent transport
The analysis of this channel is currently being revisited in CMS, in particular to get better control of the systematics due to missing transverse energy and jets.
Discovery Potential for the SM Higgs Boson in the Inclusive Search Channels
In order to get a better convergence, we compute the entropy versus µ in the BP case (resp. the complexity versus y in the SP case), and fix the value of µ (resp. y ) to the largest value such that the entropy (resp. the complexity) is positive.
Statistical Physics of Group Testing
For the RK-HLLC-code positivity was automatically maintained, and it is interesting that we get a better approximation of the density value in the middle compared to PPM-HLLC, and also of the velocity, Figure 2.4.
Numerical comparison of Riemann solvers for astrophysical hydrodynamics
When we fit the optical fluxes at the peak with a power-law, Fν ∝ ν α, we get α = +1.5 ± 0.01, which is unlike the α < −.53 typical of AGNs and is better ascribed to the Rayleigh-Jeans tail of a blackbody spectrum.
UV/Optical Detections of Candidate Tidal Disruption Events by GALEX and CFHTLS
The size performance of Tk seems to get better as k increases, since as k increases the size gets closer and closer to the desired nominal level of .05.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
There is a large body of work on more accurate onestep formulae that could be used to get better results if the formulae used in this paper are not accurate enough (see, for instance, ) .
Continuous-Discrete Path Integral Filtering
While smaller values of δ lead to samples which better approximate the true posterior, they also lead to lower acceptance rates in step A3 than larger values, and so more computation must be done to get a given sample size.
Approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) gives exact results under the assumption of model error
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