the lion's share

This page is about the idiom the lion's share


You can say something is the lion's share if it's the biggest share or portion of something.

For example

  • The lion's share of the government's budget goes to the military, when it could be spent on useful things like education, health care and looking after the environment.

  • The company executives decided to give the lion's share of the company's profits to themselves, in the form of very high salaries, huge bonuses and very generous expense accounts. Not much was left over for staff wages and the shareholders.

Quick Quiz

The lion's share of the zoo's budget was spent on

a. the lions

b. the salaries

c. the tea and biscuits
a) the lions b) the salaries c) the tea and biscuits

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Contributor: Matt Errey