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
Eighty percent of white evangelicals voted for and, by and large, continue to support President Trump.
The lucky part is that by and large the folks on the ground serving our members have been focused on them.
But the yoga world stereotypes of half-baked spirituality and self-seriousness are, by and large, accurate.
But, by and large, the modern style of cider reigned.
Now comes a presidential broadside against Britain's National Health Service – and Britons, by and large, are having none of it.
After all, her storyline is by and large still about weight—and that, in itself, is an issue.
Still, John McWhorter of Columbia University, a defender of the traditional pidgin-to-creole hypothesis, argues that by and large, creole grammars really are the world’s simplest.
The winners, by and large, made sure to at least reference the moment.
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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
in general, on the whole;
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