likes of, the

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likes of, the

Also, the like of one. An equivalent or very similar person or thing; an equal or match. For example, I've never seen the likes of this before, or We'll never see his like again. This expression today is almost always put in a negative context. [Mid-1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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