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lion's share

noun
1.
the largest part or share, especially a disproportionate portion:
The eldest son received the lion's share of the estate.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; probably after Aesop's fable in which the lion claimed all the spoils of a hunt
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Examples for lion's share
  • Others believe full-time faculty members deserve the lion's share of money for student instruction.
  • Developed countries consume the lion's share of fossil fuels.
  • The lion's share live in the intestinal tract, where they help fend off bad bacteria and aid in digesting our dinners.
  • The lion's share live in the intestinal tract, where they help to fend off bad bacteria and aid in digestion.
  • In the same time maintenance costs and even acquisition costs are reduced, since power plants are a lion's share here.
  • Vision has had the lion's share of attention in the field.
  • Those established industries take the lion's share of energy subsidies.
  • But the lion's share of the illegal cash went into the law firm.
  • Port-au-Prince gets the lion's share of all revenues, and possesses about all the infrastructure.
  • He had won the lion's share of support from party leaders.
lion's share in Culture

lion's share definition


A disproportionately large segment of the whole: “Though we always divided our winnings, somehow Barton always seemed to end up with the lion's share.”

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lion's share

noun phrase

A major proportion or part of something; the largest portion: He does the lion's share of the housework


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with lion's share
The greater part or most of something, as in Whenever they won a doubles match, Ethel claimed the lion's share of the credit, or As usual, Uncle Bob took the lion's share of the cake. This expression alludes to Aesop's fable about a lion, who got all of a kill because its fellow hunters, an ass, fox, and wolf, were afraid to claim their share. [ Late 1700s ]
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