- 1A thing that is unspecified or unknown: we stopped for something to eat I knew something terrible had happened something about her frightened meMore example sentences
- Probably would be a good idea to stop for something to eat and drink after this, get some energy back.
- They had stopped at a service station, had something to eat and still caught up with us!
- It seemed so fitting for a gathering of people remembering something so terrible.
- 2Used in various expressions indicating that a description or amount being stated is not exact: a wry look, something between amusement and regret grassland totaling something over three hundred acres there were something like fifty applicationsMore example sentences
- It is something like Bob said earlier on, it is something we do in our own time.
- One of the women hands me a sharp metal lance, something between a sword and a skewer.
- An impressive high score on an early machine was something like two thousand points.
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- 1 • informal Used for emphasis with a following adjective functioning as an adverb: my back hurts something terribleMore example sentences
- It must hurt something terrible.
- 2 • archaic or • dialect To some extent; somewhat: the people were something scaredMore example sentences
- Although we trained very well, I believe that we were something nervous because of the value of the telescope.
- • informal Added as a reference to an unspecified alternative similar to the thing mentioned: you look like you just climbed a mountain or somethingMore example sentences
- I mean, being praised by him is like being force fed chocolate creams or something.
- My message to the Pub owners is that it is now time to burn essential oils or something.
- Man alive, somebody could write a blog or something about the train service around here.
really (or quite) something
- • informal Something considered impressive or notable: Want to see the library? It’s really somethingMore example sentences
- Petty singing Stand My Ground at the 911 American Tribute to Heroes was really something.
- I know the pope was here recently and I didn't get a chance to meet him, but just being near him was really something.
- I'm not a Tarantino fan, but this film is really something (though what, I'm not sure).
- • informal An exceptional person or thing: the reaction from the crowd was something elseMore example sentences
- That guy really was something else, wasn't he?
- To some degree: Richard was something of an expert at the gameMore example sentences
- My friends think he is something of a bounder but he says it is totally out of character for him to behave in this way.
- What followed is something of a blur, of being led by the hand from bar to bar.
- In the tourism business, holidays in the desert are something of a final frontier.
something or other
- see other.
there is something in/to ——
- —— is worth considering; there is some truth in ——: perhaps there is something to his theory I think there’s something in this alien businessMore example sentences
- Perhaps there is something in that hardman image after all.
- Perhaps there is something in this, given the state of history teaching in Scottish schools.
- Maybe there is something in this 1st September thing…
thirty-something (forty-something, etc.)
- • informal An unspecified age between thirty and forty (forty and fifty, etc.): I’m guessing she’s forty-something [as noun]: she writes a column geared to twenty- and thirty-somethingsMore example sentences
- It was, she told her fellow researchers, as if a nonagenarian suddenly looked forty-something.
- I was nineteen, going on ten, she was thirty-something and living with a German poet but she liked collecting people.
- But what is so significant about being thirty-something and being ready to lead?
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