more often than not

This page is about the idiom more often than not.

Meaning: If something happens more often than not, it happens quite often, but not all the time.

For example:

  • If I listen to BBC 3's "Late Junction" online, more often than not I'll hear some great music that I've never heard before.

  • Bob loves browsing around second-hand bookstores, and more often than not he finds something great to read.

Quick Quiz:

If Jenny goes shopping, more often than not she'll

a. buy a car

b. forget her purse

c. look for new clothes

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Contributor: Matt Errey