Meaning of by and large in English:

by and large

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phrase

  • On the whole; everything considered.

    • ‘mammals have, by and large, bigger brains than reptiles’
    largely, mostly, mainly, to a large extent, to a great extent, to a great degree, on the whole, chiefly, generally, in general, predominantly, substantially, primarily, overall, for the most part, in the main, principally, in great measure, preponderantly, first and foremost, for all intents and purposes, basically
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    Origin

    Originally in nautical use, describing the handling of a ship both to the wind and off it.