better half


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Please come to our party—and your better half is invited, too! “Allow me to introduce you to my better half, Joan”
Recent Examples on the Web In this brisk cut that sounds as if it was written for a Broadway musical about the domestic life of the Clauses, the voice of the Ice Queen teams up with pop star Ariana Grande to pay swinging tribute to Santa’s long-suffering better half. Aidin Vaziri,, "Listen: Taylor Swift gets a holiday makeover, plus more new seasonal tunes," 3 Dec. 2019 He was most endeared to his son Greg, grandchildren Peter, Michael and Gregory, Peter's wife Karyn, Michael's wife Jennifer, Gregory's best half, Kasey and SO proud of his soon to be great granddaughter, Peter and Karyn's unborn., "George Zlotnick," 20 Nov. 2019 The tournament venue is situated a good half hour from the Queen City up Interstate 71 in Mason, Ohio. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: What Should We Make of Another Nick Kyrgios Title?," 7 Aug. 2019 Being in tune with your better half will provide you with the inspiration to do great things. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 29, 2019: Happy birthday Winona Ryder; Taurus, one good turn deserves another," 29 Oct. 2019 Arctic hare Hester, voiced by comedian Cristela Alonzo, is Lee’s better half. Nick Romano,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda gets a 'buddy-comedy' with Lee Scoresby in His Dark Materials," 21 Oct. 2019 Defensive end Julian Okwara has a team-high five sacks. 3 things to watch A second (half) chance: U-M took a step forward with its play in the second half, its best half of football this season. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football needed better start at Penn State; what to watch vs. Notre Dame," 20 Oct. 2019 Luis Castillo, Reds Castillo just put together the best half season of his young career and goes into the second half as a legitimate contender for the NL Cy Young Award. Michael Beller,, "Table Setter: Luis Castillo Looks to Continue Monster Season on Mound," 13 July 2019 Regarding what some consider the auction’s better half, the lineup of 18 driving watches, resulted in 15 sold for a total of $350,000. Fortune, "The Future of Auctions Might Rely on Luxury Items," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of better half

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of better half was circa 1586

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4 Jan 2020

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“Better half.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of better half

old-fashioned + humorous : someone's wife or husband

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dull or mediocre

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