Definition of the best part of in English:

the best part of

phrase

  • Most of.

    ‘the tedious ceremony took the best part of a day’
    • ‘For the best part of 150 years, progressive opinion has seen the Civil War as a just war.’
    • ‘Total mileage, probably the best part of 1000 miles plus all the interim travelling.’
    • ‘I've been trying to say this to you for the best part of 10 years but never quite found the words.’
    • ‘She had been in flight for the best part of 45 minutes, and records were being set.’
    • ‘We nab a corner of the dancefloor and don't leave it for the best part of two hours.’
    • ‘We're quite a large group, and we've known each other for the best part of 18 years now.’
    • ‘This is a civilisation we have been fighting against and with for the best part of 700 years.’
    • ‘They've been married the best part of thirty years and are pretty well travelled.’
    • ‘For the best part of two years, politics in Britain has been dominated by the Middle East.’
    • ‘You know, the air has been lambent with rumour for the best part of nearly a year now.’
    • ‘At one end of this area, a massive building project has been underway for the best part of 20 years.’
    • ‘This is the town I was loathe to call home for the best part of two decades.’
    • ‘No murder weapons were ever found, but they each spent the best part of 20 years in prison.’
    • ‘That would be the best part of 30 years ago when I was in the scouts and that was still far too recent for me.’
    • ‘With the first of them opening in early January, they will have been flowering for the best part of two months.’
    • ‘Because that degree of evil doesn't fade even with the best part of twenty years grace.’
    • ‘I decided in my early twenties that I intended to spend the best part of forty years travelling to work.’
    • ‘His injuries were so severe he was laid off work for the best part of two years.’
    • ‘We have a peace process that has moved on for the best part of eight years now.’
    • ‘Being rushed off my feet for the best part of 12 hours made daylight playtime impossible.’