Idiom:  by and large


Idiom:  by and large

  • mostly
  • generally

Example sentences

  • By and large, most of the students at my school come from extremely conservative families but there are a few very liberal-minded kids like me.
  • The weather is by and large pleasant for most of the year with one or two cooler months in the winter.
  • By and large cigarette smoking has dramatically fallen but experts are worried about the rise in vaping among high school students.
  • We're pleased, by and large, with our new house but we're going to remodel the kitchen and give it a good paint job.
  • By and large you'll find it very quiet here in August because most people close up their shops and go on holiday.
  • I would say that, by and large, we had a very good harvest this year.
  • By and large most of our international students come from the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
  • The weather was, by and large, unusually warm this year.


  • as a whole
  • on the whole
  • generally speaking
  • for the most part
  • all in all

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