Definition of in the main in English:

in the main

phrase

  • On the whole.

    ‘we must remember that in the main we are thinking about these designs as decoration’
    • ‘The food itself, even though important, is, in the main, a way of coalescing social life.’
    • ‘The Church was vibrant, tolerant and its priests were in the main, hard working.’
    • ‘These, in the main, are young people committing offences against other young people.’
    • ‘It pays, though, to take note of these things and, in the main, to abide by them.’
    • ‘I think, in the main, our members would prefer face to face meetings more regularly.’
    • ‘The scheme will be funded in the main by developers building houses at Nursteed Meadows.’
    • ‘It was a victory etched out in the main through a team effort and a very fine one at that.’
    • ‘The way the law is going, these birds continue in the main to be protected.’
    • ‘That issue was dealt with in the main in written submissions following the hearing.’
    • ‘While the Carlow defence in the main was solid there were far too many missed tackles.’
    mostly, for the most part, in the main, on the whole, largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree, predominantly, chiefly, principally
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