some thing; a certain undetermined or unspecified thing: Something is wrong there. Something's happening.
an additional amount, as of cents or minutes, that is unknown, unspecified, or forgotten: He charged me ten something for the hat. Our train gets in at two something.
Informal. a person or thing of some value or consequence: He is really something! This writer has something to say and she says it well.
in some degree; to some extent; somewhat.
Informal. to a high or extreme degree; quite: He took on something fierce about my tardiness.

before 1000; Middle English, Old English sum thing. See some, thing1 Unabridged
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something (ˈsʌmθɪŋ)
1.  an unspecified or unknown thing; some thing: he knows something you don't; take something warm with you
2.  an unspecified or unknown amount; bit: something less than a hundred
3.  an impressive or important person, thing, or event: isn't that something?
4.  something else a remarkable person or thing
5.  something or other one unspecified thing or an alternative thing
6.  to some degree; a little; somewhat: to look something like me
7.  informal (foll by an adjective) (intensifier): it hurts something awful

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with something, also see buy something; get (have) something on someone; get something straight; have something against; hold something against; hold (something) over; look like something the cat dragged in; make something of; not put something past one; on the ball, have something; (something) or other; pull something on; start something; take something; you know something?

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Many times, when something sounds too good to be true, it's because it is.
It's easier to get something done when the audience waiting for it.
No one wants to get egg on his face by having missed something obvious.
The universe is racing toward something beyond it, a new study suggests.
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