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By a large amount; by a lot. Most of the kids in the class are good artists, but Susie is by far the best—she's our resident Picasso!
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Also, far and away. To the greatest degree, by a large margin. For example, She is by far the most experienced member of the cast, or, as Anthony Trollope wrote, "He was far and away the cleverest of his party" ( The Duke's Children, 1880). The first term dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the mid-1800s. Also see by half.
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by ˈfarby a very great amount; much: This is by far the best painting/This is the best painting by far. ♢ Our holiday this year was better by far than last year’s.
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To the most extreme or evident degree: She is by far the best executive in the company.
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