good many, a

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good many, a

Also, a great many. A large number of, as in A good many checks have come in already, or We saw only a few hikers on the trail, when we had thought there would be a great many. The first term dates from the early 1800s, the variant from the late 1600s. Also see a lot; quite a bit (few).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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