From Aesop’s fable The Lion's Share, in which a lion claims the full amount of the spoil after hunting with a number of other beasts. In one version of the fable, the lion claims three-quarters of the kill rather than the whole, leaving the three other animals to fight over the remaining quarter, making “about three-quarters” the technical definition according to that version.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlaɪəns ʃɛə/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlaɪəns ʃɛəɹ/
- Hyphenation: li‧on's share
- (idiomatic) The majority; a large or generous portion.
- They got a large donation, but the lion’s share of the money went straight into paying off debt.
- ^ From Aesop; Heinrich Steinhöwel, transl.; Sebastian Brant, compiler (1501) Esopi appologi sive mythologi cum quibusdam carminum et fabularum additionibus [...] [Aesop’s Fables or Myths with Additions of Songs and Fables by Other People [...]], Basel: Opera et impensa Jacobi [Wolff] de Phortzheim, OCLC 758106688.