lion's share


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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lion's share was in 1742

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“Lion's share.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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lion's share

: the largest portion
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