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better-to-do

adjective bet·ter-to-do

Definition of better-to-do

: in prosperous economic circumstances : better off
  • many of the better-to-do urban Frenchmen acquire homes in the country
  • —S. K. Padover

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Origin and Etymology of better-to-do

intended as comparative of well-to-do


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better-to-do

noun bet·ter-to-do

Definition of better-to-do

plural better-to-do
: one who is better-to-do
  • the better-to-do on whom the burden of the expense of the liberal program had fallen
  • —C. L. Jones

First Known Use of better-to-do

1875


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