Meaning of “on the whole” in the English Dictionary

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"on the whole" in British English

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on the whole

B1 generally:

We have our bad times but on the whole we're fairly happy.

(Definition of “on the whole” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the whole" in American English

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on the whole

generally:

On the whole, I prefer classical music.

(Definition of “on the whole” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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