Definition of be better than nothing in English:

be better than nothing


  • Used to indicate that having something inferior to what one wanted or expected is preferable to having nothing at all.

    ‘the suit is about three sizes too big but it's better than nothing’
    • ‘It's not an exact science of course, but it's better than nothing.’
    • ‘The fluorescent bulb would obviously be dimmer than a 300 watt spot lamp, but it would be better than nothing.’
    • ‘An email is better than nothing, but the fax is what would get the job done.’
    • ‘If you can't afford anything, then cheap junk is a lot better than nothing.’
    • ‘To many it may not seem as much, but to a man who has children and a family, even money earned from a part-time job once every two months is better than nothing at all.’
    • ‘She doubted that it would make scintillating television, but it was better than nothing.’