or other

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or other

One besides the one mentioned. This phrase is used to emphasize indefinite words beginning with some, such as someone, somehow, sometime, somewhere. For example, Someone or other will be taking tickets at the door, or I can't remember where I put the lawn rake, but it's somewhere or other in the garage, or Somehow or other be found one that matched. [c. 1600]

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