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Same as "you should", though it can be use for any subject (I, he, she, we, it, they). Implies advice or warning. Common in the southern US, this phrase has been shortened down from:

You would be better off if you...
You would be better to ...
You'd be better...
You'd better...
You better...

Sometimes as a threat, a person will mistakingly say "you had better...", but the uncontracted version is "would" not "had".
You better get started on that paper if it's gonna be done by Monday.

You better be in this house when the street lights come on.

You better put them trash cans up on the porch, so's the dogs ain't gettin in 'em.
by Coell March 22, 2006
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A clause used to begin a sentence describing an impressive action. Note: The subject is variable. Also note: The conjugation of a β€œyou better” phrase is always in the present tense, regardless of when the action described occurred.
Johnathon: how did u finish that video project on time??

Rom: girl.. i better stay up for three days in a row!! lol
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Same as "you should", though it can be use for any subject (I, he, she, we, it, they). Implies advice or warning. Common in the southern US, this phrase has been shortened down from:

You would be better off if you...
You would be better to ...
You'd be better...
You'd better...
You better...

Sometimes as a threat, a person will mistakingly say "you had better...", but the correct uncontracted version is "would" not "had".
You better get started on that paper if it's gonna be done by Monday.

You better be in this house when the street lights come on.

You better put them trash cans up on the porch, so's the dogs ain't gettin in 'em.
by Coell March 15, 2006
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