the best/better/greater part of


: more than half of (something) : most of (something)
It took us the better part of a week to finish the job.
We've been waiting for the best part of an hour.
They live here for the greater part of the year.

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s a drastic reversal for the company, which has sold items in all of its stores for the better part of the past 10 years. Chris Morris, Fortune, 10 May 2024 Sitting in a cramped metal tube for the better part of a day (or more) is not good for you. Chris Heasman, Travel + Leisure, 9 May 2024 After debating what to name the product for the better part of a year, the team settled on its eventual appellation: POLLEN. Gabriela Riccardi, Quartz, 8 May 2024 For the better part of the last 30 years, the Dead Boy Detectives — Edwin Payne (George Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (Jayden Revri) — have specialized in helping ghosts whose cases would otherwise go unsolved. Max Gao, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024 The feud has been one of the biggest talking points in the music business for the better part of this year, with artists and songwriters caught in the middle of the corporate standoff and looking for alternate ways to promote and market their music beyond the parameters of TikTok. Dan Rys, Billboard, 2 May 2024 This joint effort between Tech and the Kansas City Symphony has been in the works for the better part of a year. J.m. Banks, Kansas City Star, 2 May 2024 Here's a band who for the best part of 30 years, had never really done this. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024

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“The best/better/greater part of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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