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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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the lion's share

COMMON If you get the lion's share of something, you get the largest part of it. Their athletes won the lion's share of the medals. While Gladys was given the lion's share of their mother's attention, Mary and her two younger brothers enjoyed their freedom. Note: This refers to Aesop's fable `The Lion and his Fellow Hunters', in which a lion goes hunting with several other animals and takes everything that they catch for himself, instead of sharing it with them.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the lion's share

the largest part of something.
1998 Times Rich countries generally seize the lion's share of trade.
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the ˈlion’s share (of something)

(British English) the largest part of something that is being shared: The lion’s share of the awards have gone to American stars again.This idiom comes from one of Aesop’s fables. The lion is helped by other animals to kill a stag, but then refuses to share it with them.
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lion’s share

n. the largest portion. I earn a lot, but the lion’s share goes for taxes.
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lion's share

The greatest or best part.
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lion's share, the

The greater part of something. This term comes from one of Aesop’s fables, in which the lion got not just the largest part of the kill acquired in hunting with an ass, fox, and wolf, but all of it, since the others were afraid to claim their share.
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