by and large

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Etymology[edit]

From sailing: a ship may (or may not) sail well both close by the wind, and large, downwind, with sheets extended.

Adverb[edit]

by and large (not comparable)

  1. (set phrase, focus) mostly, generally; with few exceptions
    It was, by and large, an unexceptional presentation.

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