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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 in the main
 基本上,大體上,總的說來

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Main, n.
 1. Strength; force; might; violent effort. [Obs., except in certain phrases.]
    There were in this battle of most might and main.   --R. of Gl.
 He 'gan advance,
 With huge force, and with importable main.   --Spenser.
 2. The chief or principal part; the main or most important thing. [Obs., except in special uses.]
    Resolved to rest upon the title of Lancaster as the main, and to use the other two . . . but as supporters.   --Bacon.
 3. Specifically: (a) The great sea, as distinguished from an arm, bay, etc. ; the high sea; the ocean. “Struggling in the main.” --Dryden. (b) The continent, as distinguished from an island; the mainland. “Invaded the main of Spain.” --Bacon. (c) principal duct or pipe, as distinguished from lesser ones; esp. Engin., a principal pipe leading to or from a reservoir; as, a fire main.
 Forcing main, the delivery pipe of a pump.
 For the main, or In the main, for the most part; in the greatest part.
 With might and main, or With all one's might and main, with all one's strength; with violent effort.
    With might and main they chased the murderous fox.   --Dryden.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 in the main
      adv 1: for the most part; "he is mainly interested in butterflies"
             [syn: chiefly, principally, primarily, mainly]
      2: without distinction of one from others; "he is interested in
         snakes in general" [syn: generally, in general] [ant:
         specifically]