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French expressions with mieux
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The French adverb mieux literally means “"better" or "best" and is found in a variety of idiomatic expressions. Learn how to say highly successful, leave well enough alone, better than ever, and more with this list of expressions with mieux.

 Mieux is the comparative/superlative of bien (well, good).

Proverbs with mieux

Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien. Leave well enough alone.
Mieux vaut plier que rompre. Adapt and survive.
Mieux vaut prĂ©venir que guĂ©rir. Prevention is better than cure.
Mieux vaut tard que jamais. Better late than never.
Un tiens vaut mieux que deux tu l’auras. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Expressions with mieux

Ă  qui mieux mieux each one more than the next
au mieux at best, for the best
au mieux de sa forme in peak condition
au mieux de nos intĂ©rĂȘts in our best interests
bien mieux much better 
de mieux en mieux better and better
un dĂźner des mieux rĂ©ussis a highly-successful dinner
en mettant les choses au mieux at the very best
… en mieux (like …) only better
une faute de mieux for lack of anything better
le mieux-ĂȘtre greater welfare, improved standard of living
le mieux serait de the best thing/plan would be to
mieux que jamais better than ever
le mieux-vivre improved standard of living
qui mieux est what’s even better
tant mieux good, great, so much the better
s’attendre Ă  mieux to expect more/better
changer en mieux to change for the better
espĂ©rer mieux to hope for better things
ĂȘtre le mieux du monde to be in excellent health
ĂȘtre le / au mieux du monde avec qqun to be on the best of terms with someone
ĂȘtre mieux to be in better health
faire de son mieux to do one’s best
se sentir mieux to feel better
valoir mieux to be better / more valuable
C’est ce qui se fait de mieux. It’s the best there is.
C’est on ne peut mieux. It’s just perfect.
Faites pour le / au mieux. Do what you think best.
Il ne s’est jamais mieux portĂ©. He’s never been better.
Ils ne valent pas mieux l’un que l’autre. They’re two of a kind / One’s as bad as the other.
Il peut faire mieux. He can do better.
Il vaut mieux … It’s better to …
Il y a un / du mieux. There’s been some improvement.
J’ai fait le / du mieux que j’ai pu. I did the best I could.
Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles.
(from Candide, by Voltaire)
 Everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.
Tout va le mieux du monde. Everything is going beautifully.
Tu n’as rien de mieux Ă  faire ? Don’t you have anything better to do?

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