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the best part of (something)

1. The majority of something. I'm sorry I'm late—my doctor's appointment took the best part of an hour.
2. The most enjoyable or exemplary aspect of something. No, the cream filling is definitely the best part of this dessert! The introduction was the best part of your term paper. After that, it meandered for a while.
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best part of something

almost all of something; a large part of something; the major part of something. The discussion took the best part of an hour. The best part of the meeting was taken up by budgetary matters.
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best part of something

Nearly all of something, the majority, as in The dentist was late; I waited for the best part of an hour. The adjective best here does not concern quality but quantity. [First half of 1500s] Also see better half, def. 1.
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"The Best Part of Me" really showed me how much we should all appreciate things.
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The best part of this transaction was that both parties were happy with the end result."
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I tightened my circle to stay in the best part of the warm updraft, then a red-tail hawk joined me for a few turns, wing tip to wing tip, before it beaded off on its own personal mission.
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Antalya is one of the most romantic cities in Turkey, perched on the top of craggy cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean, it has been in continuous use since it was founded in the first century BC by Attalus II of Pergamon, and the best part of the old city, stone built, with curving, shaded cobbled streets is still within its Roman, Seljuk and Ottoman boundaries.
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