lion-share

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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