a great deal
a great deal (uncountable) (idiomatic) A large amount; a lot. 1865, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 11: Who Stole the Tarts?, “Consider your verdict,” the King said to the jury. “Not yet, not yet!” the Rabbit hastily interrupted. “There’s a great deal to come before that!” 1994 April 23, Christensen, Damaris, “Of craters and crevices”, Science News, volume 145, number 17, page 266: Landh's work only points to the fact that there are a great deal of membrane structures that are not well understood 2010 January 13, PBS_NewsHour: So, theres a great deal of frustration and anger, really, that people want to know whats happening.
Adverb a great deal (not comparable) (idiomatic) Very much; to a great extent; a lot; lots. We had a great deal more money afterwards. They had a great deal less than we had. 1904, John Henry Haaren, Famous Men of the Middle Ages: Gutenberg, While Gutenberg was growing up a new way of making books came into use, which was a great deal better than copying by hand.
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