- 1 [as submodifier] To such a great extent: the words tumbled out so fast that I could barely hear them don’t look so worried I’m not so foolish as to say thatMore example sentences
- She did not know why God kept her here so long but believed that He must have had a purpose.
- I am not so stupid as to consider myself original.
- She, like the rest of the family, had not expected Belinda to be away for so long.
- 1.1Extremely; very much (used for emphasis): she looked so pretty I do love it soMore example sentences
- I wanted to like the movie if only because the critics hated it so, but I couldn't deny the unmistakable truth that it was not very good.
- Their bathroom was so clean!
- He was so handsome in his dark Sunday suit.
- 1.2 • informal Used to emphasize a clause or negative statement: that’s so not fair you are so going to regret thisMore example sentences
- That's so not funny.
- I'm so not a party person, which is why I escape here.
- We're so going to be late!
- 1.3 • informal Used with a gesture to indicate size: the bird was about so longMore example sentences
- Have you seen a girl, about so high, with long blonde hair?
- ‘Oh, it's flat like a coin, but about so big,’ said Erin, gesturing with his hands.
- 2 [as submodifier with negative] To the same extent (used in comparisons): he isn’t so bad as you’d think without his parents' support, he would not have done so wellMore example sentences
- It's not so difficult as it seems.
- I feel fine, at least not so tired as I felt before.
- This did not prove so easy as he had hoped.
- 3.1That is the case: “Is it going to rain?” “I think so.” if she notices, she never says soMore example sentences
- Perhaps his next stop in Houston will be a better one. Let's hope so!
- Is there a place for direct marketing? I think so.
- I watched an episode, saw nothing wrong with it, and said so.
- 3.2The truth: I hear that you’re a writer—is that so?More example sentences
- I think there is an affidavit on the part of your client, is that so, Mr Cooke?
- The ostensible reason is that ID checks make us all safer, but that's just not so.
- Not all the appeal has been determined, your Honour, that is so, yes.
- 3.3Similarly; and also: times have changed and so have IMore example sentences
- New Zealand know they are going to get a lot better: they made mistakes, and so did we.
- I went from an unfit person to a fit person and so can you!
- 3.4Expressing agreement: “It’s cold in here.” “So it is.”More example sentences
- ‘You were there, too.’ ‘So I was.’
- 3.5 • informal Used to emphatically contradict a negative statement: it is so!More example sentences
- ‘You're not Icelandic.’ ‘I am so.’
- 4In the way described or demonstrated; thus: hold your arms so so it was that he was still a bachelorMore example sentences
- And so it was that Mark ended up taking us home in his old pick-up truck at about 10:30.
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- 1And for this reason; therefore: it was still painful, so I went to see a specialist you know I’m telling the truth, so don’t interruptMore example sentences
- There is very little between teams now they are all champions, so to say that any team should be outstanding favourites is not realistic.
- By the time we bought our tickets it was almost 5:30 so we hurried back to the hotel.
- I think I've been playing very well, so to say that my heart's not in it is hurtful.
- 1.1 (so that) With the result that: it was overgrown with brambles, so that I had difficulty making any progressMore example sentences
- When it was translated it usually meant no more to her than it did in English, so that she did not know what to reply.
- The lawyer said the American was inebriated at the time, so that he had lost control of his actions.
- 2 (so that) With the aim that; in order that: they whisper to each other so that no one else can hearMore example sentences
- We know from her letters that Frances destroyed the original, so that it would not injure her husband's reputation.
- She picks up the newspaper and holds it up so that she can't see me.
- Janelle said that she will take all of the kids out so that we can have a romantic night in.
- 3And then; as the next step: and so to the finalsMore example sentences
- And so to the afternoon's entertainments.
- 4Introducing a question: so, what did you do today?More example sentences
- So, how are you, Mona?
- So, when's the next game?
- 4.1Introducing a question following on from what was said previously: so what did he do about it?More example sentences
- If you plan to rely solely on the government when times are hard, you run the risk of repossession. So, what are the alternatives?
- 4.2 (also so what?) • informal Why should that be considered significant?: “Marv is wearing a suit.” “So?” so what if he failed?More example sentences
- The film's heart is undoubtedly in the right place, but so what?
- ‘He's an estate agent.’ ‘So?’
- 5Introducing a statement that is followed by a defensive comment: so I like anchovies—what’s wrong with that?More example sentences
- So we've had a bad past - forget about it.
- The truth does hurt, so what's the big deal?
- 6Introducing a concluding statement: so that’s thatMore example sentences
- But I've got a very busy day lined up, so that's all for now.
- OK, so that's enough talk from me about that.
- 7In the same way; correspondingly: just as bad money drives out good, so does bad art drive out the goodMore example sentences
- As the weather's been getting more heated, so has she.
- If you start out sensibly, improving your performance, you'll find that just as a muscle strengthens, so will your willpower.
and so on (or forth)
- And similar things; et cetera: these snacks include cheeses, cold meats, and so onMore example sentences
- This region used to be the bedrock of conflicts and cold War politics and so forth.
- The company should stress that it uses real chocolate, butter and cream rather than vegetable oils and so on.
- Also, be aware that sugar might be described as sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose and so on.
just so much
- chiefly • derogatory Emphasizing a large amount of something: it’s just so much ideological cantMore example sentences
- There's just so much extra clunky junk that the story never quite makes its way through.
- There's just so much paperwork out there that it's really not a targeted effort.
- Beneath it all, though, the verbal barrage is really just so much wisecracking.
not so much —— as ——
- Not —— but rather ——: the novel was not so much unfinished as unfinishableMore example sentences
- Their reasoning is not so much theological as magical.
- Bobby Gillespie at 40 is not so much middle-aged as never-aged.
- The hysteria was not so much instantaneous as ready-made.
only so much
- A limited amount: there is only so much you can do to protect yourselfMore example sentences
- The council can do only so much - it has limited staff and cleaning up careless waste costs money.
- If people are willing to die in order to kill others, there is only so much that can be done to stop them.
- However, there is only so much that can be achieved through coaching alone.
- see or1.
so as to do something
- In order to do something: she had put her hair up so as to look olderMore example sentences
- His plan was to increase the flow of money so as to cure economic stagnation; but of course the result was inflation.
- Every time I see it, I have to turn my head quickly so as to avoid becoming embarrassed.
- I leaned back in the chair at one point, and she seemed to lean with me, so as to keep pressed up against me.
so be it
- An expression of acceptance or resignation.More example sentences
- If the government has decided that ruling by poll is acceptable, so be it.
- If there are legitimate areas of disagreement, so be it - let the best ideas prevail.
- If someone doesn't like my beliefs and wants to write about them, so be it.
so far, so good
- • informal Goodbye until we meet again.More example sentences
- When she walked out on the Sugababes as they hit the big time, it looked like so long, Siobhan.
- I just want it to be done with, but I don't want to deal with any of the moving or saying so long stuff.
- ‘So long!’, Catharine waved goodbye to Audrey as the door closed.
so long as
- see long1.
so many (or much)
- Indicating a particular but unspecified quantity: so many hours at such-and-such a speedMore example sentences
- Even being told by your coach to go spin for so many hours a week is not the insult it sounds.
- Abolishing school fees will only do so much for equality of opportunity.
so much as
- [with negative] Even: he sat down without so much as a word to anyoneMore example sentences
- Which is more than can be said for the DJ, who made it through the evening without so much as a murmur.
- McCann then had the audacity to look up and whip it into the far corner without so much as a second thought.
- Since then Bonds has refused to speak so much as a single word to the magazine.
so much for
- 2Suggesting that something has not been successful or useful: so much for that idea!More example sentences
- The area is also riddled with graffiti - mostly badly spelled - so much for all that money spent on education!
- As for the article all I can say is so much for the Code Of Responsibility!
- Well, so much for the rule where they're not supposed to address each other directly.
so much so that
- To such an extent that: I was fascinated by the company, so much so that I wrote a book about itMore example sentences
- It's much easier doing this job on a proper bench, so much so that even I can manage it reasonably speedily.
- The noodles were starchy and overcooked, so much so that in places they had welded together into a solid lump.
- The soup is excellent, so much so that on a recent visit my companion had two bowls.
so to speak (or say)
- Used to highlight the fact that one is describing something in an unusual or metaphorical way: delving into the body’s secrets, I looked death in the face, so to speakMore example sentences
- It is the ultimate capitalist consumer product - a direct line, so to speak, to a captive market.
- You write for a lot of different publications - do you have to put on a different head, so to speak, for each one?
- The rabbit is out of the hat, so to speak, and no government, never mind a mere bookmaking company, can put it back in.
Old English swā, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zo and German so.