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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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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.
It's an unsettling pleasure, but pleasurable nonetheless, to listen to adults talk about intimate issues in an engaged, intelligent manner for the better part of two hours.
Vacant for the better part of 25 years, the dilapidated eyesore--often referred to as the Banana Building--will now be replaced by 164 upscale townhomes and condominium residences and a public waterfront walkway.
He discusses the unfortunate circumstances of a man who spent the better part of his life "trying to convince / white people that / he was as good as they were.
Hopefully we'll have a fairly large program on the ice this winter; we're anticipating having four drills this winter for the better part of two months or more.
A card-carrying member of the '8os "Pictures" fraternity, Jack Goldstein all but disappeared for the better part of the '90s.
Two clean-cut guys with refreshingly little modesty spend the better part of an hour onstage performing tricks with their penises aimed primarily at the video camera that blows up the images so people in the back row can have a good look.
Hayden, who now teaches at North Carolina School of the Arts, was to spend the better part of the weekend coaching and teaching PNB dancers selected by co-artistic director Russell in her roles in Episodes, Agon and Divertimento No.
The combination of events may make the comet visible to the naked eye for the better part of a month, beginning in late March.