lion's share

noun
the largest part or share, especially a disproportionate portion: The eldest son received the lion's share of the estate.

Origin:
1780–90; probably after Aesop's fable in which the lion claimed all the spoils of a hunt

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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

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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Example sentences
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.
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