be better

See: transcend
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talk not so gloomily, so cruelly, this morning--your whole countenance contradicts your melancholy speech, and you are better--indeed you are;--you must be better.
Yes, Polemarchus, but surely not in the use of money; for you do not want a just man to be your counsellor the purchase or sale of a horse; a man who is knowing about horses would be better for that, would he not?
But that we shall be better and braver and less helpless if we think that we ought to enquire, than we should have been if we indulged in the idle fancy that there was no knowing and no use in seeking to know what we do not know;--that is a theme upon which I am ready to fight, in word and deed, to the utmost of my power.
He struck me with his whip, the coward, when he was mounted and I afoot, and I should be better pleased that he turned out what I think him.
Instead of preaching against humbug outside the walls, it might be better to set up a disinfecting apparatus within.
what a nice plump mouthful--she will be better to eat than the old woman.
My true name is so well known in the records or registers at Newgate, and in the Old Bailey, and there are some things of such consequence still depending there, relating to my particular conduct, that it is not be expected I should set my name or the account of my family to this work; perhaps, after my death, it may be better known; at present it would not be proper, no not though a general pardon should be issued, even without exceptions and reserve of persons or crimes.
But they that had me would not part with me; and as for me, though I should have been very well treated with any of the others, yet I could not be better than where I was.
My numbers are not particularly bad but should be better.
Last year was the best year of my career and I was very happy with the performance, but I think this year will be better," said former world champion Alonso.
Johnson added: "However many Test matches he has played or whatever he has done, he is still out there working as hard as anyone, to be better - whether it is fitness, kicking, tackling, defending, attacking.
My overall goal in what I'm doing now is to be better than what I used to be, that's it," The Fox Sports quoted Thorpe, as saying.