in the main

in the main
in the main
basically; generally. •

Mary: Everything looks all right—in the main. Sally: What details need attention? Mary: Just a few things here and there. Like on page 27.

in the second place

John: Are you all ready? Sue: I think we're ready, in the main. John: Then, we shall go.

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{adv. phr.}, {formal} In most cases; generally; usually. * /In the main, small boys and dogs are good friends./ * /In the main, the pupils did well on the test./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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