lion's share

noun

Definition of lion's share 

: the largest portion received the lion's share of the research money

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lion's share

Synonyms

bulk, generality, majority, mass, preponderance

Antonyms

minority

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Examples of lion's share in a Sentence

She claimed the lion's share of the credit for the show's success. the lead actress deservedly got the lion's share of credit for the show's success

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Carvalho suggested that the lion's share of funding generated should go to paychecks for educators and school support staff, not administrators. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Miami-Dade is an A-rated school district. Will voters decide to pay teachers more?," 27 June 2018 For Monmouth Park and other struggling gambling venues, the stakes are high: The outcome of the leagues' lobbying campaign could make or break their future success, as integrity fees threaten to take the lion's share of profits from sports betting. NBC News, "The NBA and MLB quietly hustle for a cut of the sports betting jackpot," 7 June 2018 That should generate the lion's share ($15.9 billion) of the $22.1 billion in TV revenues, CTA estimates. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "I just bought a 4K TV. Don't tell me 8K is coming!," 11 Jan. 2018 The fact that the company stuck taxpayers with the lion's share of the cleanup bill rankles some observers, especially in light of the family's reputation as budget hawks critical of government spending. Brian Slodysko, Houston Chronicle, "Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy," 13 July 2018 The fact that the company stuck taxpayers with the lion's share of the cleanup bill rankles some observers, especially in light of the family's reputation as budget hawks critical of government spending. Brian Slodysko, The Courier-Journal, "Cleanup of Pence family's failed gas stations cost Indiana taxpayers $20M," 13 July 2018 But the lion's share of the people that HHS is dealing with are, like Art said, they are abandoned by people. Fox News, "Border Patrol official: Disgusting to attack border agents," 22 June 2018 Critics said some of the more rural regions would suffer from extraordinary rates of poverty as individual states, while coastal communities flourished in new, smaller states where the lion's share of California tax revenue is generated. Author: John Myers, Anchorage Daily News, "Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot," 13 June 2018 While Sanford's loss will get the lion's share of attention -- for a lot of reasons including Sanford's own personal transgressions of the past -- the victory by one-time Trump aide Corey Stewart in Virginia is at least as big a story. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Tuesday's results show the dangers of crossing Donald Trump," 13 June 2018

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1742, in the meaning defined above

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lion's share

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lion's share

: the largest part of something

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