on the whole
phrasal 1. in view of all the circumstances or conditions ; all things considered 2. in general ; in most instances ; typically

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  • on the whole — {adv. phr.} 1. In the most important things; in most ways. * /On the whole, Billy did very well in school this year./ * /Everybody agreed that on the whole it was a good show./ Syn.: IN ALL(2), FOR THE MOST PART. 2. In most cases; usually. * /On… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • on the level — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Honest and fair; telling the whole truth. * /Our teacher respects the students who are on the level with her./ * /Joyce wondered if the fortune teller was on the level./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the level — {adj. phr.}, {informal} Honest and fair; telling the whole truth. * /Our teacher respects the students who are on the level with her./ * /Joyce wondered if the fortune teller was on the level./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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