Meaning of had better do something in English:

had better do something


  • Would find it wiser to do something; ought to do something.

    ‘you had better be careful’
    • ‘If the FA thinks that was bad, they had better do something soon.’
    • ‘But they had better do something about this quick.’
    • ‘Mrs Hancock, said: ‘We will put £1m-plus into this on the grounds that if we're going to do it, we had better do it properly.’
    • ‘And the message is clear - they had better do it soon or they will be some other manager and some other fans problem.’
    • ‘‘Confronted by the agency with pretty overwhelming evidence, the Pakistanis thought they had better do something,’ said a diplomat in Vienna.’
    • ‘I left school and didn't do much at first, but then my dad said that I had better do something with my life. I went to Nelson College and did ‘A’ level in music.’
    • ‘‘Well, I had better do something to occupy my time while the cake is baking,’ she said still laughing.’
    • ‘But people were listening to something, they called it music and Mellers felt we had better do something about understanding it.’
    • ‘I am definitely more about making people aware, that you had better do something for yourself instead of sitting around blaming everyone else.’
    • ‘Maybe he had better do something, like set fire to a nearby tree.’
    • ‘Emily saw the smirk on his face and decided that she had better do something before poor Vlad was taken advantage of by this harlot.’
    • ‘I thought I had better do something about it now before it really gets going, because I would not want something like this on my own doorstep.’
    • ‘Departments think that they had better do something about an issue, and bring forward legislation at the last minute.’
    • ‘The Vote is a powerful polemic arguing that the right to vote, like democracy, has been subverted and we had better do something about it.’
    • ‘If they would rather die,… they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.’
    • ‘And I figured if I was ever to retire and enjoy my retirement I had better do it now,’ he said.’
    • ‘When I tell you to do something you had better do it!’
    • ‘So if someone wants to go outside the government scheme, they had better do it quickly, or they may not recover anything at all, if others have sued and received insurance money before them.’
    • ‘We had better do it because if we don't, the Americans are going to shut us down.’
    • ‘Glancing at his watch, he realized he had better do it tomorrow.’