lion's share of

the lion's share

The largest part or portion of something. The lion's share of the credit must go to our development team, who have worked tirelessly to bring this product to market before the holiday season. Even though we're all talented, it's always our youngest brother who gets the lion's share of our parents' praise and attention.
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lion's share of something

Fig. the largest portion of something. I earn a lot, but the lion's share goes for taxes. The lion's share of the surplus cheese goes to school cafeterias.
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References in classic literature ?
He wanted to give him the lion's share of the beefsteak, but Philip insisted that they should share alike.
This man was much impressed with Ajax with the result that he agreed to train him for a lion's share of the profits of exhibiting him, and in the meantime to provide for the keep of both the ape and his owner.
Maria could stand it no longer, and hurried away to the stove, where she filled a quart-bowl with soup, putting into it the lion's share of chopped meat and vegetables which her ladle scraped from the bottom of the pot.
Late as the afternoon was, trade was brisk, and Bashti, who had taken the lion's share of the wages due to the fathers of two boys who had died, bought liberally of the Arangi's stock.
Not one,' repeated Gashford again--taking the lion's share of the mulled wine between whiles.
A canting, lie-loving, fact-hating, scribbling, chattering, wealth-hunting, pleasure-hunting, celebrity-hunting mob, that, having lost the fear of hell, and not replaced it by the love of justice, cares for nothing but the lion's share of the wealth wrung by threat of starvation from the hands of the classes that create it.
The bodily exercises, in that case, will be uppermost in the youth's thoughts, will have the strongest hold on his interest, will take the lion's share of his time, and will, by those means--barring the few purely exceptional instances--slowly and surely end in leaving him, to all good moral and mental purpose, certainly an uncultivated, and, possibly, a dangerous man.
Chinese banks have contributed a lion's share of the total profits generated by banks around the world.
They all pretend to represent Britain but the lion's share of each programme consists of English information with very little mention to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Summary: Britain will contribute the lion's share of a Au6.
Cabinetry and labor costs claim the lion's share of a kitchen design budget because of the high demand for scarce woods such as maple.
But the lion's share of SBA largesse goes to some of the least concentrated sectors of the economy, areas already crowded with small businesses able to succeed without taxpayer-backed loans: bars, dentist's offices, dry cleaners.
7 million pledge makes up the lion's share of a $179 million HDC package that looks to create and maintain affordable housing for lower income New Yorkers.
Grunwald wonders how the Corps has escaped the lion's share of culpability for Katrina.