lion's share


Definition of lion's share 

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

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bulk, generality, majority, mass, preponderance



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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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To his credit, Cox himself performed the lion's share of the stunt work (roughly 80 percent), and the choreography required several rapid switches for his stunt double to take over. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Wilson Fisk is back and better than ever in season 3 of Daredevil," 12 Nov. 2018 In the future, Tesla will have a growing portfolio of products, with no single product accounting for the lion's share of its revenue or profits. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why almost everyone was wrong about Tesla’s cash flow situation," 26 Oct. 2018 But the state's education program and volunteer instructors deserve a lion's share of the credit. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: In digital world, instructors work to keep human element in hunter safety program," 2 June 2018 Barcelona maintained the lion's share of possession and had plenty of chances but couldn't break through until midway through the second half, when Jordi Alba found Lionel Messi in the box. Avi Creditor,, "WATCH: Suarez Goal Gives Barcelona Edge Over Valencia in Copa Del Rey Semifinals," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of lion's share

1742, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lion's share

: the largest part of something

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