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 for by and large
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  by and large
      adv 1: usually; as a rule; "by and large it doesn't rain much
             here" [syn: by and large, generally, more often than
             not, mostly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "by and large":
     all in all, all things considered, almost entirely, altogether,
     approximately, as a rule, as a whole, as an approximation,
     at large, broadly, broadly speaking, chiefly, commonly,
     effectually, en masse, essentially, generally, generally speaking,
     in general, in the main, mainly, mostly, normally, on balance,
     on the whole, ordinarily, overall, predominantly, prevailingly,
     roughly, roughly speaking, routinely, speaking generally,
     substantially, usually, virtually

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