E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The larger part: all or nearly all: In Æsops Fables, several beasts joined the lion in a hunt; but, when the spoil was divided, the lion claimed one quarter in right of his prerogative, one for his superior courage, one for his dam and cubs, and as for the fourth, let who will dispute it with me. Awed by his frown, the other beasts yielded and silently withdrew. (See MONTGOMERY.)