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[bet-er-awf, -of] /ˈbɛt ərˈɔf, -ˈɒf/
being in better circumstances, especially economically:
Only the better-off nations can afford to send probes into space.
Origin of better-off
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Another important challenge in student mobility is that it benefits mostly only better-off students.
  • The result was a boom in contributions by the better-off.
  • But fear of crime may put off tourists in a city where better-off residents live in gated communities.
  • One reason is that the children of better-off families begin their schooling with huge advantages over everyone else.
  • In this case, the children's allowance was paid to all, but was retrieved by taxation from the better-off families.

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