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or thereabouts

[th air-uh-bout, th air-uh-bout] /ˈðɛər əˌbaʊt, ˌðɛər əˈbaʊt/
about or near that place or time:
last June or thereabout.
about that number, amount, etc.
Origin of thereabout
before 950; Middle English ther aboute, Old English thǣr abūtan. See there, about Unabridged
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  • It was three o'clock or thereabouts; and Peter was reading in his garden; and the whole world lay basking in unmitigated sunshine.

    The Cardinal's Snuff-Box Henry Harland
  • It is not often that the heiress of a million or thereabouts is quite so readily disposed of.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • Black sand was in general use until within thirty years or thereabouts.

  • At nine, or thereabouts, we alighted from the train at Paris.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The larger axis of the amphitheatre was apparently about one hundred and ten yards, and the shorter eighty-five or thereabouts.

    Old Rome Robert Burn
  • It came into use in the Second World War of 1950 or thereabouts.

  • In twelve hours, or thereabouts, the seventy miles between Chitor and Udaipur would be accomplished.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • He's a youngster—twenty or thereabouts—and he purports to be reading for his exams for the Army.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • In half an hour or thereabouts, Andrew Blake drew up at the gate of a small but neat house on the main street in Conway.

    The Young Musician Horatio Alger
  • Like everything else, thereabouts, it had a solid, substantial appearance.

    Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
British Dictionary definitions for thereabouts


near that place, time, amount, etc: fifty or thereabouts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thereabouts

c.1400, from Old English þærabutan + adverbial genitive -es; see there + about.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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