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    By and large

    Do you hear it where you live? What does it mean?

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    Re: By and large

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Do you hear it where you live? What does it mean?
    Generally (but not always).

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    Re: By and large

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Do you hear it where you live? What does it mean?
    Yes. It's a nautical metaphor:

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    # By and large By means into the wind, while large means with the wind. "By and large" is used to indicate all possible situations "the ship handles well both by and large".
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    Read more here: Glossary of nautical terms - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    As you'll see from that link (very long list!), current language is full of such terms, although people who use the words have any idea of the background.

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    Re: By and large

    I love, love, LOVE the background you bring to these discussions!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: By and large

    I had no idea where it came from.

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