- I also noticed he had a corduroy suit in his bag just like mine.
- He is like a brother to me and has got me through a lot and has always been there.
- The firework went off right above the car, it was like a bomb, and it frightened the life out of Declan.
- She seems to be the only one who manages to keep him from screaming like a baby.
- If I ever see octopus again I will either collapse in a heap or scream like a maniac.
- Paul was trampled on by the home team and screamed like a pig.
- Even France's old colony of Algeria treated him like a returning hero on his recent visit.
- We don't want to keep moving around all the time, but we have no choice and we are sick of being treated like animals.
- She is married and loves her husband but he treats her like a child because he is much older than she is.
- As I sit looking at their photos, I cannot imagine what it must be like for their family.
- Those of you who wonder what it must be like to live with a writer, wonder no more.
- I cannot imagine what it must be like to see your best friend die in front of you.
- Why do we continue to treat teachers like this, when they have the most important job?
- It seems you have been through a lot with this person but that does not mean it gives him the right to treat you like this.
- The bill is the only thing I expect to ask for in a classy restaurant like this!
- How did it help you and your work, working with an established artist like Henry Moore?
- On Sunday the church services will focus on the work of agencies like World Vision.
- Players, particularly young ones like those at City, need to feel confident to perform.
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- I didn't like the idea of it, but the guy was just doing his job, like I was doing mine.
- The French bounced back really well, like we expected them to as Six Nations champions.
- When he came in from Saints last season he possibly expected people around him to think like he did.
- Well, it's not like anything exciting is happening today, is it?
- It's like all the bad qualities that some adults have are being copied by many kids.
- At times I had to slow down because the car made it feel like you were going slower than you actually were.
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- You probably know the fundamental law of all magnets: opposites attract and likes repel.
- The problem with league tables is they never compare like with like.
- How many wars does it take before he and his like learn that there are no winners in war, only losers?
- This is not just a movie, it is a cinematic experience the likes of which I have never seen before.
- You are playing a new breed of football, the likes of which the country has never seen.
- Hong Kong developers haven't seen the likes of this rental market since 1997.
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- The ICC statute itself suggests that the new court will not treat like cases in a like manner.
- The artist beamed and continued in like manner giving me enough copy for a small report.
- There were a number of matters of a like nature which went before the Federal Court.
- Who painted the dog's picture? It -- it's very like.
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- I just - you know, I just kind of like mind my own business.
- Ben Kweller and his band certainly did that alright - they like totally rocked, man.
- And then she said I was right! I was like so amazed!
- She's got her Nativity play coming up, and she's like, ’Mummy, I'm going to sing on the stage like you.’
- I'm trying to work, and this guy is looking over my shoulder and after a while I notice and I'm like, ‘What are you doing?’
- So I decided to go swimming with Peter, and we did for a little bit. Then he's like, ‘Do you want to see my car?’
Middle English: from Old Norse líkr; related to alike.
The use of like as a conjunction meaning ‘as’ or ‘as if’ ( I don’t have a wealthy set of in-laws like you do; they sit up like they’re begging for food) is considered by many to be incorrect. Although like has been used as a conjunction in this way since the 15th century by many respected writers, it is still frowned upon and considered unacceptable in formal English. In more precise use, like is a preposition, used before nouns and pronouns: to fly like a bird; a town like ours. See also go1 (usage).
and the like
- And similar things; et cetera.More example sentences
- I owe some of my initial successes to old friends at Oxford who put me in touch with publishers and the like.
- I've spent the entire day sorting and washing baby clothes and the like.
- The boot includes hooks for shopping bags and the like and the exterior is enhanced by alloy wheels.
- informal To a great degree: they would probably worry like anythingMore example sentences
- There's a green haze on the trees, and the snowdrops are blooming like anything.
- On one side there is a tremendous financial crunch and on the other the ministers are spending money like anything.
- We've got to fight like anything to recover the position that we had even in 1945.
(as) like as not
- Probably: she would be in bed by now, like as notMore example sentences
- That'll keep me busy tomorrow and, like as not, the day after that, too.
- I shall suffer some indigestion tomorrow like as not, and serve me right.
- Art supplies are available on the Internet, of course, and cheaper, like as not.
like enough (or most like)
- archaic Probably: he’ll have lost a deal of blood, I dare say, and like enough he’s still losing itMore example sentences
- The result of the enterprise would most like have a different outcome.
like ——, like ——
- As —— is, so is ——: like father, like sonMore example sentences
- My research shows that it's pretty much a case of ‘like father, like son’ - kids learn how to deal with difficult situations from their parents.
- I hadn't expected her daughter to be taught to follow in her footsteps. Then again, like mother like daughter, hmm?
- informal In this manner: the votive candles are arranged like soMore example sentences
- First spread the cream, and then place the preserves on top like so.
- Come here and turn around and put your arms up like so.
the likes of
- informal Used of someone or something regarded as a type: she didn’t want to associate with the likes of meMore example sentences
- This is where you are likely to find the likes of Mick Jagger, Elton John and other superstars.
- The sound has been compared to the likes of Pavement, The Pixies and Talking Heads.
- There was a certain romance in crime when we felt that the likes of Michael Corleone were behind it all.
- informal Nearer to (a specified number or description) than one previously given: he believes the figure should be more like $10 millionMore example sentences
- A couple of fights will build my confidence up and the training will be more like five times a week.
- This would not be a case of losing valuable seconds to get to the fire but more like quite a few minutes.
- If you look at total jobs lost, it's more like 1.1 or 1.2 million.
- (more like it) Nearer to what is required or expected; more satisfactory.More example sentences
- French apple tart with cinnamon, that's more like it.
- Meanwhile, next door - this is more like it - The Proclaimers are about to get down to some heavy-duty havering.
- ‘That was more like it,’ he said, after making birdies at each of his last two holes.
of (a) like mind
- (Of a person) sharing the same opinions or tastes.More example sentences
- In most matters he and Black were of like mind, however.
- We seem to be of like mind when it comes to football and football matters.
- Both father and son share a passion for politics and strong beliefs in the importance of family values, although they have not always been of a like mind politically.