The Lion's Share Idiom

A Lion is eating a huge piece of meat while a mouse is eating a much smaller piece of meat, showing the lion has the lion's share of the food.

Meaning of the Lion's Share Idiom

First, take a look at the picture and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'the lion's share.'    

The lion's share:  The largest part (or share) of something.


It's important to notice that we are taking about the biggest part  of something. We are not just saying that one thing is bigger than something else. We are describing something that has been divided up in a way that someone is getting the biggest part of that thing.

So in this picture, we have a lion and we have a mouse. To say that the lion has the lion's share, we must understand that both of those pieces of meat came from the same, larger piece of meat before it was divided.

Here are some examples to help you better understand.


  • My son is upset that his brother got the lion's share  of the cake but I explained this was fair because it was his birthday.
  • My husband does help out at home with some cleaning and cooking, but like most women, I do the lion's share  of the housework.
  • There aren't any more highlighter pens left!  I know, the boss' secretary took the lion's share  of the office supplies.
  • Even though my sister is the skinniest, she always eat the lion's share  of the pizza.
  • The lion's share  of my paycheck goes to meals and drinks out because I hate to cook and grocery shop.
  • The lion's share  of the budget is spent on salaries and benefits.
  • I wish my father would eat the lion's share  of the vegetables.
  • My husband spent the lion's share  of our vacation in the hotel room working at the computer.

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