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 for All the better
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  All \All\, adv.
     1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as,
        all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. "And cheeks
        all pale." --Byron.
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     Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all
           so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense
           or becomes intensive.
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     2. Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.) [Obs. or
        Poet.]
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              All as his straying flock he fed.     --Spenser.
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              A damsel lay deploring
              All on a rock reclined.               --Gay.
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     All to, or All-to. In such phrases as "all to rent," "all
        to break," "all-to frozen," etc., which are of frequent
        occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to have
        commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb,
        equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether.
        But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all
        (as it does in "all forlorn," and similar expressions),
        and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a
        kind of intensive prefix (orig. meaning asunder and
        answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer-). It is frequently to
        be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus
        Wyclif says, "The vail of the temple was to rent:" and of
        Judas, "He was hanged and to-burst the middle:" i. e.,
        burst in two, or asunder.
  
     All along. See under Along.
  
     All and some, individually and collectively, one and all.
        [Obs.] "Displeased all and some." --Fairfax.
  
     All but.
        (a) Scarcely; not even. [Obs.] --Shak.
        (b) Almost; nearly. "The fine arts were all but
            proscribed." --Macaulay.
  
     All hollow, entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all
        hollow. [Low]
  
     All one, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same
        thing.
  
     All over, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as,
        she is her mother all over. [Colloq.]
  
     All the better, wholly the better; that is, better by the
        whole difference.
  
     All the same, nevertheless. "There they [certain phenomena]
        remain rooted all the same, whether we recognize them or
        not." --J. C. Shairp. "But Rugby is a very nice place all
        the same." --T. Arnold. -- See also under All, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Better \Bet"ter\, a.; compar. of Good. [OE. betere, bettre, and
     as adv. bet, AS. betera, adj., and bet, adv.; akin to Icel.
     betri, adj., betr, adv., Goth. batiza, adj., OHG. bezziro,
     adj., baz, adv., G. besser, adj. and adv., bass, adv., E.
     boot, and prob. to Skr. bhadra excellent. See Boot
     advantage, and cf. Best, Batful.]
     1. Having good qualities in a greater degree than another;
        as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a
        better air.
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              Could make the worse appear
              The better reason.                    --Milton.
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     2. Preferable in regard to rank, value, use, fitness,
        acceptableness, safety, or in any other respect.
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              To obey is better than sacrifice.     --1 Sam. xv.
                                                    22.
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              It is better to trust in the Lord than to put
              confidence in princes.                --Ps. cxviii.
                                                    9.
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     3. Greater in amount; larger; more.
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     4. Improved in health; less affected with disease; as, the
        patient is better.
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     5. More advanced; more perfect; as, upon better acquaintance;
        a better knowledge of the subject.
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     All the better. See under All, adv.
  
     Better half, an expression used to designate one's wife.
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              My dear, my better half (said he),
              I find I must now leave thee.         --Sir P.
                                                    Sidney.
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     To be better off, to be in a better condition.
  
     Had better. (See under Had).
  
     Note: The phrase had better, followed by an infinitive
           without to, is idiomatic. The earliest form of
           construction was "were better" with a dative; as, "Him
           were better go beside." (--Gower.) i. e., It would be
           better for him, etc. At length the nominative (I, he,
           they, etc.) supplanted the dative and had took the
           place of were. Thus we have the construction now used.
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                 By all that's holy, he had better starve
                 Than but once think this place becomes thee not.
                                                    --Shak.
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