well off

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well off ‎(comparative better off or more well off, superlative best off or most well off)

  1. Of a person, being in fortunate circumstances, especially having financial security.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Of all the queer collections of humans outside of a crazy asylum, it seemed to me this sanitarium was the cup winner. […] When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose.
    • 2011, Kate Gramich, Kate Roberts, University of Wales Press, ISBN 9780708323380, chapter 3, page 46:
      While Kate Roberts came from a poor background and, later in life, in the post-Second World War period suffered from severe money shortages, in the early 1930s, she and her husband must have counted themselves relatively well off, particularly in comparison with their neighbours in Tonypandy.
    He is very well off as a result of his illegal money-making activities.
  2. Of any item, in a good position or circumstance.
    The house was well off for spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.

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