the better half of (something)

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the better half of (something)

The majority of something. I'm sorry I'm late—my doctor's appointment took the better half of the morning.
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The war to you is a thing of paper, an abstraction--that same war which has turned the better half of my beloved country into a lurid corner of hell."
So we descended the hill to my small, old cottage, and shut ourselves up in the south-eastern room, where the sunshine comes in, warmly and brightly, through the better half of a winter's day.
Separatists operating from the Niger Delta spent the better half of 2016 attacking oil facilities in the region to protest Lagos' negligent attitude towards the residents of the land used to generate a majority of government revenues.
They are the better half of the power couple wearing bigticket jewels and the latest couture from Paris.
The better half of Turkish PM acknowledged the role of NDMA and assured assistance of Turkish Government for the people of Pakistan.
The better half of rocker Chris Martin has previously shot for filmed TV series Spain: On the Road Again with chef pal Mario Batali.
"She was the better half of me and now my better half is gone, I'm totally devastated."
A southern Jew ends up being responsible for saving so many lives over the better half of a century in "Office Upstairs: A Doctor's Journey".
Talented Lancaster, the better half of pop legend Rod Stewart but obviously short of public support as she was in a danceoff two weeks earlier, had to go after the public vote involved her in her second dance-off with Matt Di Angelo.
But while Magnusson started his post-graduate career in architecture proper, circumstances forced Stand to take what was essentially an administrator's job with the City and he spent the better half of the next 18 years searching for the right place for himself.
Jacqueline Kennedy--amusingly cast by Lubin to play Ethel Rosenberg to Jack's Julius, as well as Agrippina to his slain Germanicus and the better half of Grant Wood's American Gothic--was an icon in her own right.
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