by and large
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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
Legal experts and activists have long criticized the practice of having grand juries decide whether or not to bring charges against police officers in fatal shootings, pointing out that the process, by and large, favors the police.
The consequences played out in the hearing room: Observers not present as guests of the nominee or representatives of the administration were by and large activists from groups like NARAL and People United for the American Way.
But by and large, remaining steady has helped cement his legacy.
Still, the federal response from the CDC is by and large focused on reducing the supply of painkillers prescribed by doctors.
Republicans on the committee were by and large supportive of the Graham-Cassidy proposal, while Democrats were universally opposed.
Democrats are doing, by and large, a not so effective job in pointing that out and in holding Trump's feet to the fire.
The 2017 NFL season has, by and large, been a disastrous one for bettors.
Professional baseball players are, by and large, a politically conservative group.
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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.
First Known Use of by and large
by and large Synonyms
Synonymsaltogether, basically, chiefly, generally, largely, mainly, mostly, overall, predominantly, primarily, principally, substantially
Related Wordsabout, more or less, most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, practically, some, virtually, well-nigh; approximately, broadly, plus or minus, roughly; commonly, frequently, generally, normally, ordinarily, typically, usually; incompletely, partially, partly, rather, somewhat
Near Antonymscompletely, entirely, fully, perfectly, thoroughly, totally, wholly; barely, hardly, just, marginally, minimally, scarcely; absolutely, categorically, unqualifiedly
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