One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Usually.‘food is scarce and more often than not they go hungry’
overall, all in all, all things considered, altogether, taking everything into account, taking everything into consideration, on balance, on average, for the most part, mostly, mainly, in the main, chiefly, principally, predominantly, largely, in general, generally, generally speaking, as a rule, as a general rule, in the general run of things, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, basically, substantially, effectively, virtually, to all intents and purposesView synonyms
- ‘Reports to hand indicate that, more often than not, the warning lamps are not in operation.’
- ‘History is written, more often than not, by someone who was not an eyewitness to all the events he chronicles.’
- ‘Each teacher has to have an area of expertise which, more often than not, is not regarded as worthy of extra points and pay.’
- ‘However, more often than not, a polite rejection note was all she received.’
- ‘I have to say, he was usually the instigator, and, more often than not, the victor.’
- ‘It is wonderful to hear of young people doing well as more often than not, we hear of businesses closing.’
- ‘He's quick, strong and skillful and, given the chance, he's likely to hit the target more often than not.’
- ‘A football match is not a sprint and is, more often than not, a test of endurance.’
- ‘The features were all made in part for propaganda purposes but failed more often than not to carry out those objectives.’
- ‘It happens every once in a while, and more often than not there's a cry of outrage.’
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