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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The lion's share of Volf's film shows her at her most glamorous: heavily jeweled, never less than perfectly attired, frequently clutching a tiny toy poodle, the very picture of a diva. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "In Maria by Callas, Celebrating an Opera Icon In Her Own Words," 2 Oct. 2018 The domestic market provides the lion's share of Anta's revenue, but the company aims to be a global competitor with multiple brands, Chairman and Chief Executive Ding Shizhong said earlier this year. Ese Erheriene And Dominic Chopping, WSJ, "China Sports Retailer Anta Nears $5.2 Billion Deal for Amer," 7 Dec. 2018 Not surprisingly, there is a concentrated number of festivals, a small number of festivals, that make up the lion's share of the festival sales. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "StubHub's Jeff Poirier on Transparency, Legislation, Ethics & More in the Resale Ticketing Business," 18 May 2018 Iranians made up the lion's share of the roughly 65,000 foreigners from the six countries who visited with temporary, or non-immigrant visas that year. Seventeen, "The New Trump Travel Ban Just Went Into Effect," 30 June 2017 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

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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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