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Definition of best-off

: in the most comfortable or favorable economic circumstances It's more than embarrassing for the senior U.S. senator from one of the poorest states to sponsor legislation that will assist a handful of the best-off families on earth.— Pat Lynch, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 8 June 2009 The best-off people take the voluntary accounts, and the low-income people don't. — Tom Blackburn, The Palm Beach Post (Florida), 31 Jan. 2005 The next best-off group … averaged 2 cents more income in 2004 for each dollar they earned in 1979.— David Cay Johnston, The New York Times, 28 Nov. 2006

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First Known Use of best-off

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Best-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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