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  • Should; ought to; need to; must.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. (See under Had).


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  • You had better keep me bound, because if I get free Iwilltakeyouout!

    Kiss of a Demon King

  • Ideally, we would have got our bender wood locally, but none was available, so I had better admit that we cut the rods from my hedges in Suffolk, and from the rookery wood at Little Horkesley, and drove them over to Walton in the back of a truck.


  • “They had better not try to take food from me,” Olaan said, “or I will show them what wolves are.”

    Promise of the Wolves

  • They had better things to kick, now that Aya Fuse had given them a new future to speculate about, a whole new kind of Extra.


  • Dodger had better luck with Courtney and the Dimonds, convincing them to make the best of their situation.

    Raven Rise

  • Terborgh further noted that if reserve planners hope to save large-bodied predator species, the planners had better make their reserves huge.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • “And, I think, George, we had better not detain Mrs. Stepney any longer.”

    The House of Mirth

  • He sent a note to Custis Lee to say he had surrendered, and he had better do so too. . .


  • Meaning your family had better be around if you needed your wounds treated, dressings changed, even your Ambu bag squeezed.

    Paradise General

  • He was very kind with his words and suggested that the mayor had better be on top of his game because I was the next logical choice to take up residence in the Manoogian Mansion.

    Street Judge


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