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the better part of (something)

The majority of something. I'm sorry I'm late—my doctor's appointment took the better part of an hour.
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the better/best part of something

most of something: I worked at the camp for the better part of the summer.He had lived there for the best part of fifty years.
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The writer offers rare insights into what happens in the RDB School and rehearsal rooms, which she haunted for the better part of a decade.
Now you can feel good about yourself as you make your way through the better part of a six-pack.
I've given it the better part of my life and I would like to enjoy my semi-retirement knowing that the business has been placed in capable hands.
The exhibition consisted of three photographic works portraying objects like doors, blinds, and a chair, as well as a custom-made pink satin curtain covering the better part of one wall in the rectangular gallery space.
The securities and exchange regulations shut down capital markets for the better part of a year while the lawyers figured out what they meant, The strongest banks were broken up.
In fact, many have been making value choices for the better part of their lives.
The rest of volume unfolds as an intimate look at a man who helped shape scientific policy for the better part of the 20th century.
We would spend the better part of a day and nearly [yen] 10,000 on the round trip to Fukuoka," he recalls of his shopping treks from his home in Nagasaki.
Within its accelerated emotional, social and sexual tensions, Archambault's visually arresting drama illustrates that honesty is not necessarily the best policy and that, to warp a Shakespearean phrase, discretion really is the better part of discretion.
Nor is this a minor topic, the spasmodic rumblings of decayed and inert states: the War of the Mantuan Succession involved the armies of France, Piedmont, Venice and the Empire (and nearly the fleets of Holland and England), and engaged thousands of troops for the better part of two decades.
For the better part of the twentieth century, the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has collected, tabulated, and presented crime statistics from city, county, and state law enforcement agencies in the United States in this standardized manner.
With mercifully few references to Kenneth Starr--save a delicious critique of the dereliction of duty by Congresses that give a "fascistic writ of power" to special prosecutors--McCarthy's No-Fault Politics (Times Books, 1998) diagnoses what ails the body politic with the skill of a man who has been trying to cure it for the better part of the century.
Crook notes that in Lasso's time the term "imitation" commonly described random variation upon material taken from compositions of earlier origin, and insists that it supplant the term "parody," which for the better part of a century has been current on both sides of the Atlantic.
Some of the most talented people on Madison Avenue have spent the better part of their lives creating an image for Coke that makes drinking it seem practically a patriotic act.
EWAN's Board of Directors has spent the better part of two months searching for someone possessing the right mix of experience, professionalism and character to take over the role.