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House prices in many parts of the world have been booming for the better part of two decades.

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    tbp, your question is bordering "off-topic" - please always check with a dictionary first. In this case we are talking about a set phrase, where slightly other rules apply, but still it is recommended to give at least an own attempt or indicate what you understood so far. I suggest you take the tour and check out our help center. Welcome to the site! – Stephie Nov 30 '15 at 16:08
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the better part of [time frame] is a set phrase meaning the majoity of [time frame] or more than half of [time frame].

See The Free Dictionary for example.

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