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What is the origin of the phrase "by and large"?

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closed as general reference by Kris, Matt Эллен, Kristina Lopez, Bill Franke, choster May 9 '13 at 15:02

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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