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’
    • ‘If you can't afford anything, then cheap junk is a lot better than nothing.’
    • ‘She doubted that it would make scintillating television, but it was better than nothing.’
    • ‘It's not an exact science of course, but it's 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.’
    • ‘An email is better than nothing, but the fax is what would get the job done.’
    • ‘The fluorescent bulb would obviously be dimmer than a 300 watt spot lamp, but it would be better than nothing.’