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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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BANK manager Sue Kerr, 51, from Southport says, with a smile, that the best part of motherhood is "when they leave home and you get grandchildren".
The best part of my day is watching the lightbulb go on when students "get it" for the first time.
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1 : one of the sections into which something is divided <This is the best part of the movie.
This may be factually accurate - I was always told that the Tue stream ran under houses in my mum's old road - but bears no resemblance to where I was brought up for the best part of 20 years.
and hoping to help them remember like Jenna in 13 Going on 30, that the best part of who they will be is who they are right now.
The best part of the very modest Hurricane was Silfredo La O Vigo's initial entrance, where, with his tight cross-steps, long swinging arms, and furiously articulated torso that shimmered with every serpentine accent, he had no trouble in seducing Yukie Fujimoto away from the pedestrian Fisher.
The best part of the joint effort, they say, is the complementary nature of their skills.
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The show has become a massive event which takes the team here at the ECHO the best part of a year to pull together.
Possibly the best part of the book is his description of the amazingly complex planning and coordination efforts that were necessary before the first missile could ever leave the pad.
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