(the) better part of something

(the) better part of something
the best/better/part of something phrase
almost all of something, especially a period of time

The journey will take him the best part of a year.

Thesaurus: almost and almost notsynonym
Main entry: part

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the best/better part of sth idiom
most of sth, especially a period of time; more than half of sth

He drank the best part of a bottle of Scotch waiting for her to get home.

The journey took her the better part of an hour.

Main entry:partidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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