Things did not go better before my time—nor that of the working class who were contemporaries of my earlier years.
"They will go better today than they did yesterday," Mr. Blount said.
If I am to die and leave you alive, the gods alone only know whether it will go better with you or with me.
You may as well tell the truth, and things may go better with you.
He then said if he had a compass he thought he could go better at night.
The rocket did go better in her way, but she was not satisfied even then.
It only occurred to me that it would all go better, if you helped.
“Well things will go better now,” said Mr. Borden soothingly.
However, some day there will be a Minister of Etiquette and a sergeant-at-arms, and then things will go better.
After a little while she'll warm up, and then she'll go better.
Old English bettra, earlier betera, from Proto-Germanic *batizo-, from PIE *bhad- "good;" see best. Comparative adjective of good in the older Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian betera, Old Saxon betiro, Old Norse betr, Danish bedre, Old High German bezziro, German besser, Gothic batiza). In English it superseded bet in the adverbial sense by 1600. Better half "wife" is first attested 1570s.
late 12c., "that which is better," from better (adj.). Specific meaning "one's superior" is from early 14c. To get the better of (someone) is from 1650s, from better in a sense of "superiority, mastery," which is recorded from mid-15c.
Old English *beterian "improve, amend, make better," from Proto-Germanic *batizojan (cf. Old Frisian beteria, Dutch beteren, Old Norse betra, Old High German baziron, German bessern), from *batiz- (see better (adj.)). Related: Bettered; bettering.