[Phrases] Better Late Than Never

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People say “better late than never” to mean that it is better for something to happen later than planned or wanted than not to happen at all. This set phrase is often used to acknowledge (perhaps begrudgingly) that something has finally occurred.

This proverb is often expressed with a degree of sarcasm, apparently saying something positive but in fact merely remarking on someone’s lateness.

After two weeks, I finally got a return phone call from that company. Better late than never, I guess.

I’m sorry my gift came late, but better late than never, right?

There are some other interesting phrases about “better”. Follow me to learn about them!


1. a living dog is better than a dead lion

It is better to be a living coward than a dead hero.

Even suffering with great pain of incurable disease, people usually are still afraid of death, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

A: “I can’t believe you just stood there watching while the building continued to burn!” B: “Hey, I was calling the fire department! Besides, a living dog is better than a dead lion.

2. better fish to fry

More important matters to deal with.

I can’t worry about that now, I’ve got better fish to fry!

I want Chris to help me with this project, but he claims he has better fish to fry right now.

3. better the devil you know

When faced with two options, it is better to choose the more familiar one, even if it is undesirable.

A: “Why don’t you just quit your job if you’re so miserable?”

B: “Who knows if a new job will be any better? Better the devil you know.”

People are still voting for him. As they say, `Better the devil you know.‘ His challenger remains an unknown quantity.

4. for better or for worse

Whether something is good or bad.

Our marriage has had its share of challenges, but we’ve vowed to stay together, for better or for worse.

For better or worse, he’s your brother. And he needs your help.


That’s all for [Phrases] today. Now try to make at least one sentence with the phrases that you like! That will help you to remember them.

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10 Comments

    • I applied so many time for my dream job, I had rejected but now I got it, better late than never

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      • For better or for worse, that’s my choice and I just do it.

  • I can’t take academic classes right now because I have got a better fish to fry.
    I had to study microbiology, better the devil you know.

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  • I should have started learning English earlier, but better late than never.
    So what, if I can’t do what he did. A living dog is better than a dead lion.

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  • I’ll choose that book because better the devil you know.

    For better or for worse, I’d be with my beloved ones.

    I couldn’t call my friend because I’ve got better fish to try.

    I stopped eating strawberries as I’m allergic, and you know a better dog is better that a dead lion.

    They called me back to work with them, and It is better late than never.

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