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get the better of

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v get the better of win a victory over "You must overcome all difficulties","defeat your enemies","He overcame his shyness","He overcame his infirmity","Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
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Quotations

  • Samuel Vauclain
    Samuel Vauclain
    “If you don't get a kick out of the job you're doing you'd better hunt for another one.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.”
  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    “I can get a better grasp of what is going on in the world from one good Washington dinner party than from all the background information NBC piles on my desk.”
  • 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.”
  • Gerhard Kocher
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    “In a hospital, half of the patients get better food than at home.”

Usage

In literature:

My good spirits always get the better of every anxiety, great and small.
"Hide and Seek" by Wilkie Collins
The two of you had better get rid of that nervous habit of tapping transmitters; it's dangerous.
"Over The Top" by Arthur Guy Empey
In the meantime I have discovered a better way of getting down, and start for camp, making the greatest haste possible.
"Canyons of the Colorado" by J. W. Powell
The mark of a great ride is that it gets better the second time around, as the detail and flourishes start to impinge on your consciousness.
"Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom" by Cory Doctorow
My own strength gets the better of me.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Yet it will get the better of me now and then for a moment!
"Mary Marston" by George MacDonald
You had better get one of my troopers to get the boat for you.
"With Moore at Corunna" by G. A. Henty
I'm trying to keep them from getting the better of your mother as well as from getting the better of me, don't you suppose?
"The Magnificent Ambersons" by Booth Tarkington
Not being on the highest part of the range I proceeded two miles to the south-east to get a better view.
"Explorations in Australia, The Journals of John McDouall Stuart" by John McDouall Stuart
The Little Doctor regarded him attentively a moment, smiled queerly to herself and stood back to get a better view of the painting.
"Chip, of the Flying U" by B. M. Bower
The first is the idea that the poor man ought to get the better of the rich man.
"Alarms and Discursions" by G. K. Chesterton
Money is the magnet; as to Women, one is as well as another, the older the better, we have then a chance of getting her to Heaven.
"The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals, Volume 2." by Lord Byron
Robin walked round the gravel path until he was within a foot of the pole to get a better view.
"The Yellow Streak" by Valentine Williams
But I think we might get along better if it wasn't for the scarcity of water.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 18, July 30, 1870" by Various
Dost thou think that the paltry Damon shall get the better of my eagle genius?
"Damon and Delia" by William Godwin
However, the Queen of Sheba did not get altogether the better of me.
"The Vizier of the Two-Horned Alexander" by Frank R. Stockton
Better get your car, Mr. Weldon, and run east a few miles, keeping sharp watch of the wagon tracks on the way.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces in Society" by Edith Van Dyne
That you might tread upon them, and starve them, and get the better of them in every possible way?
"Practice Book" by Leland Powers
My corn's getting better all the time, but I'd like to get some of this for seed.
"Plays" by Susan Glaspell
Soane felt himself rebuffed, and for a moment let his anger get the better of him.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
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In poetry:

"I have a master," said Little John,
"A curteys knight is he,
Ma-y ye get leave of him,
The better may it be."
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley
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:

It's interesting to note that the performance of today's comparatively larger storage arrays isn't intrinsically much better than I was getting in 1980 -- maybe twice as fast for data retrieval.
They'd better get out of the way : A Hanoi street scene.
Spring has sprung in Central New York, and what better way to enjoy it, then to get out and check out one of the area concerts this week.
We wouldn't get any better answer from the leaders of the Democratic Party.
Getting a solid scientific answer to the question of whether smiling really makes you feel better has proven to be exceedingly tricky.
This way, you can better judge the photographer 's work and see how he photographs the entire spectrum of a wedding?the bride and groom getting ready, the ceremony, the reception, and the portraits.
To get a better sense of the difference between driver and wedge planes, try this drill.
The ultimate comfort food mixture of beef and tomato sauce only gets better atop a hearty cornmeal crust.
Well I hate to say it, but we could see the end of the Twinkie if things don't get better for the company who makes the perfect snack food.
Siena pollster Steve Greenberg says whichever campaign does a better job of getting its supporters to the polls on Tuesday could end up winning the race for the 27th congressional district.
The Senate's financial rescue plan may have a better chance of passage because it's padded with pork that may be tasty enough to get reluctant House members to bite.
A study conducted by the BSC — that's the Better Sleep Council — found that 61 percent of Americans and 79 percent of females prefer to get a good night's sleep over engaging in sexual activity.
ABC 17 News spoke with Tunes Locker Plant today in Centralia to get a better idea of the inspection process .
In order to get a better sense of how the recovery process may go (and how it has gone so far) from an architectural standpoint, we spoke with Mary Comerio, a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley.
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote the book "Rules for Radicals, " a guidebook for grass-roots organizations to get the better of government and corporations.
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In science:

Observe that as n increases, the empirical size gets closer to the nominal level of 0.05 (i.e., the normal approximation gets better).
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
Observe that as n increases, the empirical size gets closer to the nominal level of 0.05 (i.e., the normal approximation gets better).
A Comparison of Two Proximity Catch Digraph Families in Testing Spatial Clustering
The chemistry of the outflow should also be included, both to get a better description of the heating and cooling processes and to determine observational signatures (e.g., Garc´ıa Mu˜noz 2007).
Magnetically Controlled Outflows from Hot Jupiters
In order to get a better feeling for the Example for coalescence of selection factors. process, we discuss a particular effect.
Duality for spatially interacting Fleming-Viot processes with mutation and selection
In this way, for a moderate number of computational zones, one can get as good, or often much better, resolution over the region being simulated than can be achieved in global simulations.
Foundations of Black Hole Accretion Disk Theory
Clearly, we understand at this level the ma jor interest of GPDs and we get a better intuition on their physics content.
Generalized parton distributions in the context of HERA measurements
To get a better idea of the model’s behavior for small N and a better estimate of R we did numerical simulations. To simplify comparison with actual data the simulations were performed in a “micro-canonical ensemble,” i.e. with a fixed number of distinct misprints.
Theory of citing
As will be mentioned in the next section, the latter approach is also useful to get a better physical understanding of the GW signatures obtained in the firstprinciple simulations13 .
Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae
The expectation value of an observable is not something that can be measured, it can only be sampled, and we get an increasingly better precision the more measurements are being done.
Quantum Chi-Squared and Goodness of Fit Testing
This was expected, because of the mutation (noise) within the evolutionary process, which is necessary to create the opportunity to find fitter (better) sequences and potentially avoid getting trapped at any local optima that may be present.
Self-Organisation of Evolving Agent Populations in Digital Ecosystems
Note that the sum of rewards is bounded, so if one agent performs well (e.g. better than 1/6 = 0.167), then the others will get necessary worse, as there will remain less positive rewards and they can still get the negative ones.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
Exploiting more recent techniques (which are beyond of the scope of this paper) we believe that it is possible to get better rates which are comparable to those of the non-bootstrap version, see also and .
Consistent testing for a constant copula under strong mixing based on the tapered block multiplier technique
To get a better idea of what the quotient is like in the general case, observe that CΣ(1) − Z (Σ) is the union of affine open sets Uσ = { ˆxσ 6= 0} for σ ∈ Σ.
Recent developments in toric geometry
Calorimetry resolution is just getting better with the increase in energy and thickness has to increase only as the logarithm of the energy.
Summary of the Very Large Hadron Collider Physics and Detector Subgroup
The most direct way of getting a better Vtd is in the measurement of Bd and Bs mixing.
CP and B Physics: Progress and Prospects
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