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Examples of by and large in a Sentence
by and large, that information is accurate
Recent Examples of by and large from the Web
This makes Wolitzer, in most ways, the perfect chronicler of the current crop of young people, who by and large have the same problems.
But this season, and in this series, MLS has been Liga MX’s equal, and New York was by and large the superior team over the two legs.
Voters by and large perceived this erosion through existing partisan lenses.
Summer films, for example, are by and large loud, expensive, and action-packed; fall flicks are prestige; and winter films are oddly terrible: a hodgepodge of cheap thrillers and weepy dramas that somehow couldn't find lodging anywhere else.
Which means that these recipes are by and large easy to pull off.
But by and large, the series exists in a real world of generally plausible physics and relatable human behavior.
Those were the two players who, by and large, Kentucky snuffed out in a 78-73 victory in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night.
Regulations have been cut back, oil companies could soon have unprecedented access to land long out of their reach and, perhaps most significantly, at least in the short term, oil companies by and large received a massive tax cut.
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Did You Know?
By and large is originally a sailing term meaning "alternately close-hauled and not close-hauled." A ship that is sailing "close-hauled" is sailing as directly into the wind as possible (typically within about 45 degrees of the wind). The "by" part of the phrase means "close-hauled." (This "by" also appears in the term full and by, meaning "sailing with all sails full and close to the wind as possible.") "Large," by contrast, refers to a point of sail in which the wind is hitting the boat "abaft the beam," or behind the boat's widest point. A 1669 example of a variant spelling of "by and large" gives us a sense of the range implied: "Thus you see the ship handled in fair weather and foul, by and learge" (S. Sturmy, Mariners Magazine). The suggestion of a wide range carries over into the term's "in general" sense.
by and large Synonyms
in general, on the whole;
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