so many

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so many

  1. Such a large number, as in There were so many guests that we didn't have enough chairs. [First half of 1200s]

  2. An unspecified number, as in There allegedly are so many shrimp per pound, but of course the exact number depends on their size and weight. [First half of 1500s]

  3. Forming a group, as in The reporters turned on the speaker like so many tigers let loose. [c. 1600]

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