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In the sentence:

まあいいや、(列車は)空いているにこした事はないし

What does こした mean? Is this 越す or 鼓する or something other?

And does まあいいや mean "well" or "whatever"?

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For the first part, こした is the past tense / completed aspect of the verb 越【こ】す. In your sample text, this is part of a set construction: ~[する]に越【こ】したことはない.

Some dictionary entries:

For the second part, yes, まあ basically means "well,..." and いいや parses out as basically "I guess it's good". As a whole, "well, yeah, okay then..."

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    Thank you for your explanation. I saw ~にこした事はない for the first time. Gonna check it out. Jsho doesn't say anything about it. – SkillGG Apr 23 at 19:32
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    @SkillGG Jisho does have something about it: jisho.org/search/… – Ringil Apr 23 at 21:50
  • Sorry. I had to miss it, when I was searching for it it didn't appear. I don't know why. Now it does :) Maybe I misspelled it. My fault. Again. Thank you! – SkillGG Apr 24 at 5:59

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