Definition of the better part of in English:

the better part of

phrase

  • Almost all of; most of.

    ‘it is the better part of a mile’
    • ‘As Wesley predicted, Xavier did spend the better part of three hours yelling at me.’
    • ‘We were in fact, the better part of two hours early for our booked Isle of Wight ferry.’
    • ‘This explains, in part, why he toiled in anonymity for the better part of two decades.’
    • ‘What he'd done just since seven this morning would have taken her the better part of two days.’
    • ‘At least once a week for the better part of three years, the media has zero credibility in my eyes.’
    • ‘I haven't spoken to any of my blood relatives in the better part of eighteen months.’
    • ‘She spends the better part of most working days staring into space.’
    • ‘She was ill for two years, spending the better part of 18 months in St James's Hospital, Leeds.’
    • ‘I've been a journalist watching the chiefs in action for the better part of two dozen years.’
    • ‘I spent the better part of today watching the England cricket team come agonizingly close to an improbable victory.’
    • ‘The track had been rained on for the better part of 40 days, I heard Noah had entered but sadly this was not the case.’
    • ‘They worked side by side in companionship and silence for the better part of two hours.’
    • ‘I spent the better part of two hours sending my friends out into the cold of a snowstorm digitally.’
    • ‘There are a lot of conservatives who have held their tongue for the better part of two years.’
    • ‘What happened then was a gun battle that raged for the better part of eight hours.’
    • ‘He lived with us for the better part of 20 years and I can never remember him being in foul humour.’
    • ‘She hasn't seen him for the better part of three years since he's been confined here.’
    • ‘Later, he cracked a bone in his right leg that cost him the better part of three games down the stretch.’
    • ‘After the better part of 20 years attempting to do this, we think the following conclusions can be safely drawn.’
    • ‘The blazing straw-stack has eventually been extinguished after the better part of seven days.’