lion's share


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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web The lion's share of those buyers are now on the sidelines, with some needing to sell given overleveraged and really were just taking a flyer on home price appreciation continuing to rip higher. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2022 One minute after that, the two strap-on boosters, which provide the lion's share of the liftoff thrust, were expected to burn out and fall away, leaving the four engines powering the core stage to continue the climb to space. William Harwood, CBS News, 16 Nov. 2022 Many want some of that money, along with additional aid from rich nations that spewed the lion's share of heat-trapping gases, to be used to pay countries victimized by past pollution, like Pakistan. Seth Borenstein, ajc, 7 Nov. 2022 The lion's share of spending by Long's committee went to Mar-a-Lago last June to cover food, drink and facility rental costs, according to Long campaign's FEC filing. Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 While Tesla still got the lion's share of the new order — 8,300 vehicles valued at $443 million — GM and Ford came in near the top. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 10 Aug. 2022 Dickman thinks the lion's share of the out-of-pocket charges his study revealed were related to additional services, rather than the exam itself. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 15 Sep. 2022 This year the lion's share of accolades were won by the Waterford Wolverine Shooting Team. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 30 July 2022 According to With Intelligence, North America accounted for the lion's share of the decline in assets under management in August, recording net outflows of $10.1 billion. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 3 Feb. 2023.

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lion's share

: the largest portion
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