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Better, adj., compar. of good: Sonn. 59, 11. Tp. I, 2, 496. II, 1, 281. Gentl. I, 1, 159. II, 1, 145. III, 1, 276. III, 1, 276 Wiv. I, 1, 121. II, 2, 172. Meas. II, 4, 77. Err. III, 1, 29. IV, 2, 25. Merch. I, 2, 96. V, 96, As III, 2, 155 etc. etc. the b. foot before == with all speed: John IV, 2, 170. Tit. II, 3, 192. “still b. and worse,” Hml. III, 2, 261. “'tis b. using France than trusting France,” H6C IV, 1, 42. “b. it were a brother died at once,” Meas. II, 4, 106. Elliptically: b. forbear (== it is b. to forbear) Gentl. II, 7, 14. “b. have none than plural faith,” V, 4, 51. “b. three hours too soon than a minute too late,” Wiv. II, 2, 327. “b. shame than murder,” IV, 2, 45. H6B IV, 8, 49. H6C IV, 5, 26. H8 II, 3, 12. Mcb. III, 2, 19. Ant. III, 4, 23. -- “he had b. starve than but once think,” H8 V, 3, 132. he were b., in the same sense: “you were b. speak first,” As IV, 1, 73. “she were b. love a dream,” Tw. II, 2, 27. John IV, 3, 95. H4B I, 2, 102. Troil. I, 3, 370 (Q it were b.). Hml. II, 2, 550. The infinitive preceded by to: “I were b. to be married of him,” As III, 3, 92. “I were b. to be eaten to death,” H4B I, 2, 245. -- “thou hadst been b. have been born a dog,” Oth. III, 3, 362. “thou wert b. thou hadst struck thy mother,” H4B V, 4, 11 (Doll's speech). -- The b. == better: “it shall be the b. for you,” Meas. II, 1, 233. “how much the b. to fall before the lion,” Tw. III, 1, 139. “you are the b. at proverbs,” H5 III, 7, 131. -- The b. part == the greater part: “how thy worth with manners may I sing, when thou art all the b. part of me?” Sonn. 39, 2. “am b. than thy dear self's b. part,” Err. II, 2, 125. “were I not the b. part made of mercy,” As III, 1, 2 (but III, 2, 155 in its original sense). cf. “she will but disease our b. mirth,” Cor. I, 3, 117, i. e. our mirth which would be greater without her company. -- More b. cf. More.
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