had better

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had better

  1. (idiomatic, with bare infinitive, informal) Should; ought to; need to; must.
    You had better finish that homework on time, if you want to get a good grade.
    "Will we get it finished?" / "We had better."
    The project had better get finished by the current deadline.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often had is reduced to the clitic 'd or omitted.
  • The negative form is had better not.