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by and large

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Life is at its best when it's shaken and stirred.
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Etymology

From sailing: a ship may (or may not) sail well both close by the wind, and large, downwind, with sheets extended.

Adverb

by and large (not comparable)
  1. mostly, generally; with few exceptions
    It was, by and large, an unexceptional presentation.

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