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    I admit it's a collocation I use quite often, but trust me I never realized I was using it in those many different contexts!

    I'd rather say there is not one but many ways of conveying that meaning in Spanish. Apart from what I already suggested, for a sentence like "He wants to climb Mt. Everest but if he wants to kill himself he'd be better off by just jumping off a tall building closer to home." I'd say: "Quiere escalar el Monte Everest; pero, si quisiera matarse (or "buscar una forma de matarse"), más le valdría intentar tirándose de un edificio bien alto cerca de su hogar/casa/cercano a donde vive."

    As you see, there are many different ways to say it. I always remember Hemingway's love and admiration for the Spanish language (learnt in Spain during the Civil War) and based on its "flowery" grammar and vocabulary.

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    And when I think of it, there are many ways to say it in English, as well. "...he could just..;" "...maybe he should (ought to)..."; "...better if he...", etc.

    I guess, for me, "to be better off" conveys the subtle sarcasm and/or irony that I want to convey at times. Like, "I'd be better off dead rather than telling my wife what I did last night."
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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente View Post
    "I'd be better off dead rather than telling my wife what I did last night."
    I bet you are in Texas, but...have you been to Vegas?

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