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More often than not

Also, often as not. Fairly frequently, more than or at least half the time, as in More often than not we’ll have dinner in the den, or Dean and Chris agree on travel plans, often as not. [ First half of 1900s ]


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  • More in sorrow than in anger

    Saddened rather than infuriated by someone’s behavior. For example, When Dad learned that Jack had stolen a car, he looked at him more in sorrow than in anger. This expression first appeared in 1603 in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (1:2), where Horatio describes to Hamlet the appearance of his father’s ghost: “A countenance more in sorrow than […]

  • More power to someone

    Best wishes to someone, as in He’s decided to climb Mount Everest—well, more power to him. [ Mid-1800s ] For a more recent synonym, see right on

  • More sinned against than sinning

    An expression used of those who, though they may be guilty of wrongdoing, think themselves the victim of a more serious wrong. From William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Less guilty than those who have injured one, as in It’s true she took the money but they did owe her quite a bit—in a way she’s more […]

  • More so-so

    [soh-soh, soh-soh] /ˈsoʊˌsoʊ, ˈsoʊˈsoʊ/ adjective 1. Also, soso. indifferent; neither very good nor very bad. adverb 2. in an indifferent or passable manner; indifferently; tolerably. adjective 1. (postpositive) neither good nor bad adverb 2. in an average or indifferent manner 1520s as an adverb, “indifferently;” as an adjective, “mediocre, neither too good nor too bad,” […]

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