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a little/many/some/any more
▪ Can I have a little more time to finish?
▪ Are there any more sandwiches?
any kind
▪ There was no television, no radio – no technology of any kind.
any number of sth (=a very large number of them)
▪ There have been any number of magazine articles about the celebrity couple.
any other
▪ Have you any other questions?
any other
▪ Saudi Arabia produces more oil than any other country.
any trace
▪ Officers were unable to find any trace of drugs.
any/every eventuality
▪ We are prepared for every eventuality.
at any given time/moment
▪ There are thought to be around 10,000 young homeless Scots in London at any given time.
be in no/any doubt about sth
▪ The government is in no doubt about the seriousness of the situation.
can’t take any more (=can’t deal with a bad situation any longer)
▪ I just can’t take any more.
come any nearer
▪ I’m warning you – don’t come any nearer!
deny any involvement in sth
▪ The chairman denied any involvement in the affair.
deny any wrongdoingformal (= illegal or immoral behaviour)
▪ The White House denied any wrongdoing.
didn’t take any notice (=pretended not to notice)
▪ I waved, but he didn’t take any notice.
do some/any/ no etc work
▪ She was feeling too tired to do any work.
do some/any/no good (=improve a situation)
▪ It might do some good if you talk to him about the problem.
▪ The fresh air has done me good.
hardly any (=very little)
▪ There was hardly any traffic.
have any pretensions
▪ The group don’t have any pretensions to be pop stars.
have no/any/some means of doing sth
▪ There was no path, and they had no means of knowing where they were.
If by any chance
If by any chance you can’t manage dinner tonight, perhaps we can at least have a drink together.
if it’s any comfort (=used to say something that may make someone less worried or unhappy)
▪ If it’s any comfort, you very nearly passed the exam.
If it’s any consolation
If it’s any consolation, things do get easier as the child gets older.
jeopardize any chance of sth (=make something less likely to happen)
▪ This could jeopardize any chance of a ceasefire.
no let-up/not any let-up
▪ The pressure at work continued without any let-up.
no/any self-respecting ... would do sth
▪ No self-respecting actor would appear in a porn movie.
not ... any the less/no less (=not less)
▪ Your second point is no less important.
▪ It’s a common problem but this doesn’t make it any the less disturbing.
▪ I know he’s done a dreadful thing, but I don’t love him any the less.
not do (sb) any harm also do (sb) no harm (=not have a bad effect on something or someone)
▪ One or two chocolate cookies won’t do you any harm.
ruin any chance of sth (=make it impossible for something to happen)
▪ Drinking alcohol can ruin any chance of weight loss.
scarcely any
▪ The country had scarcely any industry.
take no notice/not take any notice (=ignore something or someone)
▪ The other passengers took no notice of what was happening.
use any/every means to do sth (=use any method or many methods)
▪ He will use any means to get what he wants.
without (any) warning
▪ Police fired into the crowd without warning.
without any/much trouble (=easily)
▪ The work was carried out without any trouble.
(at) any minute (now)
▪ And underneath it all was a sour feeling that at any minute the very pillars of life could collapse.
▪ At any minute Penumbra's killers could burst in here and carry you off.
▪ His clothes look as if they are re-tailored daily to accommodate any minute fluctuations in weight.
▪ I was expecting her any minute.
▪ Linda is due to arrive any minute.
▪ The police could arrive at any minute!
▪ The right guy would come along any minute now.
▪ They said they were sending along at once, so they should be here any minute now.
(at) any moment
▪ At any moment the current spot exchange rate is the anticipated spot exchange rate discounted to the present.
▪ Daylight began to fail early, but still we pressed on, knowing that Donald could make an appearance at any moment.
▪ Her eyes could fly open at any moment, he thinks, and look objectively at him.
▪ If, for any moment, it overwhelms him that he stands just off-center of it all.
▪ It was all the harder because I could have given up at any moment.
▪ On the first occasion Bunny was tactful, assuring him she would be sent home in a taxi at any moment.
▪ The army taught us to fly the machine as if the engine would quit at any moment.
▪ They went about their business, expecting him to appear at any moment.
(at) any second (now)
▪ As in any second language situation, the grammatical code which is relied on is the one which is already known.
▪ At any second, they would begin to breathe.
▪ He had been ready to go at any second.
▪ The barriers are so low you feel you could plunge off at any second.
▪ The casualties of the greatest battle in history would be as nothing, before the carnage that might start at any second.
▪ The room was unnaturally still about her, but the stillness might shatter at any second.
▪ They were both breathing fast, and Polly's legs threatened to give way at any second.
▪ We would be at the hot spot any second now.
any ... you care to name/mention
any amount of sth
▪ As taxpayers subject to wealth tax, the Chiracs should have declared any amounts of cash they kept during those years.
▪ But they can give parties any amount of soft money.
▪ No telephone applications or any amount of pleading will ensure exception to these dates.
▪ Not that any amount of designer labels would or could reconcile her to the prospect of meeting Antoinette again.
▪ Rod Bags One item that is invaluable to the angler who does any amount of boat fishing is an electric outboard.
▪ She went through any amount of stockings in a week.
▪ Votes can be appreciated more than any amount of money, especially if they can be produced or denied in significant blocs.
▪ You can highlight any amount of text from a single character to the entire document.
any chance of ...?
any day/minute etc now
▪ But any day now, his two agents should be arriving from Aden.
▪ For the black and white believers who gathered at Azusa Street, the answer was simple: any day now.
▪ His task force is set to deliver its report any day now.
▪ It should be 239-any minute now.
▪ The chip set is currently in pre-production; high volume production is due to begin any day now.
▪ The right guy would come along any minute now.
▪ They said they were sending along at once, so they should be here any minute now.
▪ This bloody border war could flare up any day now.
any fool can do sth
▪ Any fool can make a baby, but it takes a real man to raise his children.
▪ But it is for you already, any fool can see you're in no shape to continue.
▪ Conversely, any fool can sit down at a slot machine.
▪ Of course any fool can write down 1,2,3,4 and even 5,6,7,8 opposite the names of candidates on a ballot paper.
any luck?/no luck?
▪ Then, with any luck, the boss will start aligning himself with you.
▪ We won't see his like again, with any luck.
▪ Well, with any luck she'd get a fair return on her outlay, in deep satisfaction.
▪ With any luck we may yet have a Congressional Scuba Caucus.
▪ With any luck, he will have done the same. 2.
▪ With any luck, people searching for the real site may come across yours first.
▪ With any luck, the 49ers will have their starting five on the offensive line back for Dallas.
▪ With any luck, you should see a graph of the data appear.
any old how/way
▪ By this time nobody was paying any attention, just stamping round any old how.
▪ Go back to living in proper departments instead of any old how all over the place.
▪ Like you they want to dance-not just any old way but a la Alvin Ailey.
▪ The doctors and nurses knew too and just treated you any old way.
▪ There's some stand any old how, you'd be really ashamed of them.
▪ They've dropped things just any old how, he thought, listening to the distant chattering of the nomes.
any old thing/place/time etc
▪ He could play with Orlando any old time.
▪ If you believed that, then you'd believe any old thing.
any port in a storm
any time (now)
▪ Any ray of light, emitted anywhere in the universe at any time, will arrive at the omega point.
▪ As a result, at any time, just the tips of the twigs of any evolutionary tree are on view.
▪ Electricity was in the air, because the Soviet troops could step in at any time.
▪ He told me to call him up, or better yet come by and visit his office any time.
▪ I never describe the bar, so I can use any bar any time without screwing up my contract.
▪ Like the shares of a listed company, investors can trade them at any time through a stockbroker.
▪ Mr Bacon was not there at any time.
▪ Those humans could be back any time.
any way you slice it
▪ It's the truth, any way you slice it.
any/a given ...
▪ On any given day in the Houston area, half the hospital beds are empty.
▪ However, since these charts deal with averages, they may not be appropriate for any given individual.
▪ In practice this can only be achieved within the constraints of any given indexing language and system.
▪ It is accepted that within any given population there are natural variations in health status.
▪ Only 7 lines can be displayed at any given time.
▪ Signals from the ground are passed from one satellite to another as they move across any given region.
▪ These standards may vary from country to country and they may be changed from time to time within a given country.
▪ This knot shape therefore never varies for any given sequence of amino acids.
▪ We must weigh that in determining whether kids should watch a given show.
as good a time/place etc as any
at any price
▪ We all want peace at any price.
▪ Corporate security is not 100 percent effective, at any price.
▪ From the point of view of other firms, Salomon mortgage traders were cheap at any price.
▪ He did not want blood, at any price.
▪ Peace everywhere, for ever, and at any price.
▪ They can not however expect the Swan Hunter work force to accept the imposition of such working conditions at any price.
▪ This really is vintage material and would be worth the strongest recommendation at any price.
▪ To the targets of those terrible promises, there could have been no course but resistance at any price.
▪ Ursula wanted her daughter free at any price and did not mind what risks Maurice had to run to bring that about.
at any rate
▪ That's what they said, at any rate.
▪ Well, at any rate, the next meeting will be on Wednesday.
▪ It is assumed that de Reszke was dissatisfied with test-pressings; at any rate, neither was issued.
▪ Or at any rate, he is with one of the research teams working on the man project.
▪ Out of the house at any rate.
▪ Reminder bells went off, at any rate, and I wondered what the story was.
▪ So, at any rate, was it.
▪ The fresh cheese with cream was all we, or at any rate I, wanted.
▪ They were fairly certain he was immune; certain enough to consider it worth the risk, at any rate.
▪ Under his influence courage was quickened and fear banished, at any rate for the moment.
be in no hurry/not be in any hurry (to do sth)
be none the wiser/not be any the wiser
be not having any (of that)
▪ As a result, they need to be used on a daily basis, even though you are not having any symptoms.
▪ But she wasn't having any, and he really wasn't handling that.
▪ But the bloke next to him wasn't having any of that.
▪ But they weren't having any of it.
▪ He'd come and visit, but I wasn't having any trouble with him and life was pleasanter.
▪ I told her to bring Maggie up to the house to stay, but she wasn't having any of that.
▪ Lizzy, though, was not having any of it.
▪ She is not having any success.
by any chance
▪ Would you, by any chance, know where a pay phone is?
▪ Are they, as Private Eye might say, by any chance related?
▪ But before you call anyone, find out if by any chance he has a telephone number in Marshfield.
▪ Can anyone out there tell me what frequency Radio 5 broadcasts on ... by any chance on shortwave?
▪ Do you feel, by any chance, awful?
▪ Does my right hon. Friend by any chance recollect the average inflation rate under the last Labour Government?
▪ I wanted to ask her if she was, by any chance, called Veronica, but I didn't dare.
▪ Is Mr Sands awake by any chance?
▪ Is there a connection between Jack Benny and Charles Manson, by any chance?
by any stretch (of the imagination)
▪ Raising children isn't easy by any stretch of the imagination.
▪ All good things but not wildly expensive, not by any stretch of the imagination.
▪ I am very puzzled as to how either of these two items can be cash flows by any stretch of the imagination.
▪ It could not by any stretch of the imagination be anything else.
▪ Management is typically the reason people walk out, but it is not 100 percent by any stretch of the imagination.
▪ Not that Tiptoe could be called a child, by any stretch of the imagination.
▪ That is not ` good news' by any stretch of the imagination!
▪ The program isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination.
by no means/not by any means
▪ It's difficult, but by no means impossible.
▪ It's not clear by any means where the money is going to come from to fund this project.
▪ It is by no means certain that you'll get your money back.
cheap at the price/at any price
come to no harm/not come to any harm
▪ Fortunately, none of the hostages came to any serious harm.
▪ I'm sure Craig's old enough to catch a train into town without coming to any harm.
▪ If you keep quiet, you'll come to no harm.
every/any Tom, Dick and Harry
give me sth (any day/time)
▪ I don't like those fancy French desserts. Give me a bowl of chocolate ice cream any day.
▪ And so this rural scene to which we had escaped gave me a frame of reference to understand my parents.
▪ Half an hour later, I was in a forest eating the bread they had given me.
▪ I gave her your number and told her to give me five minutes to warn you first.
▪ Just give me the one with 80 percent meat, 20 percent filler.
▪ Minna pulled away and gave me a look that was part triumph and part astonishment.
▪ Thelma, haggard and overly lipsticked, gave me a refill.
▪ They'd be sorry for me, they'd give me whisky and aspirins and send me to a psychiatrist.
▪ This gave me more information about the teams than any of the other committee members had.
go to some/great/any lengths (to do sth)
▪ Both want to steal the show and they are going to great lengths to do it.
▪ Dealers, sometimes surreptitiously encouraged by their firms, would go to great lengths to extract information from employees of rival firms.
▪ Furthermore, bats go to great lengths to avoid confrontations with people.
▪ George Bush went to great lengths to keep out of his way on the campaign trail.
▪ The Medieval church went to some lengths to specify the roles of particular stones in religious imagery.
▪ When uninterrupted by unforeseen or unrecognized obstacles, parents will go to great lengths to provide these advantages for their children.
▪ Who knows whether Oppenheimer went to any lengths to find anyone who had anything good to say about Stewart.
▪ Yet Phillips climbed the wall anyway, went to great lengths to hurt his ex-girlfriend.
in any case
▪ None of us here has ever been bitten, but in any case the spider's bite is not very poisonous.
▪ About the necessity and effectiveness of surgeries there can in any case be reservations.
▪ Actually, the public is not very interested in the issue right now in any case.
▪ And in any case, the more that people take out, the more can be put in.
▪ It is in any case interesting that one from outside the circle of the Seven Houses can rise so high.
▪ It was always easier to wind down at home, in any case.
▪ Lil in any case has a breakfast meeting with those Fox Ghosts I saw snooping around Mephistco on my last trip back.
▪ Roxborough was a colleague not a friend; and, in any case, Pascoe wanted no-one's company but his own.
▪ Under political pressure, and inpart because the banks are in any case controlled by their customers, the banks usually comply.
in any/either event
▪ A routine, in any event, has certainly established itself.
▪ Anyway, in the 1970s, there had been strong unions, and everything I deplored had happened in any event.
▪ In practical curatorial terms the abstraction of software is, in any event, something of a pseudo-problem.
▪ It was in any event difficult to see what compromise could satisfy both Buenos Aires and London.
▪ Ordering her would be ludicrous under the changed circumstances, and in any event, a waste of time.
▪ Power is, in any event, a serious problem on the Moon.
▪ The cost will be passed on to their customers, who are all of us, in any event.
▪ The processes that have been described will go on in any event.
it wouldn't do sb any harm to do sth
▪ It wouldn't do you any harm to get some experience first.
it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)
mean no harm/not mean any harm
no good/not much good/not any good
no longer/not any longer
not any more
▪ Alex doesn't work here any more.
▪ At one time doctors recommended red meat as part of a healthy diet but not any more.
▪ Do what you like. I don't care any more!
▪ I didn't want to get back inside, not any more.
▪ Perhaps yes I did love her once but not any more.
▪ She used to wonder where he'd been in the meantime, but not any more.
▪ There is no profit to be made there, Guillamon, not any more.
▪ These procedures are not any more likely to be successful beyond this limit.
▪ Well, maybe not now, not any more, now the results were so clear.
▪ Well, not any more than usual.
▪ Well, not any more, but he did once when I was a kid.
not at any price
▪ Sorry, the car's not for sale at any price.
▪ Greens are right to take positions in government, but not at any price.
not by any manner of means
▪ You know, it isn't all sweetness and light here, not by any manner of means.
not in any shape or form
not in any way, shape, or form
▪ I am not responsible for his actions in any way, shape, or form.
not just any
▪ A., not just any burg.
▪ And not just any old envelope, but a special luxury brand with a griffin watermark.
▪ But Microsoft was not just any software developer.
▪ But Starr is not just any prosecutor, and this is not just any case.
▪ But then Tim Robbins is not just any old movie star.
▪ Mr Hellyer was not just any adult.
▪ Which is good because this is not just any old brothel.
not know any better
▪ Before Sinai, one could argue, the people had the excuse of not knowing any better.
not pull any/your punches
of every/some/any etc description
▪ Academic excellence was matched with extra-curricular activities of every description - from drama through sport to foreign travel.
▪ But there is nothing against rugs of any description.
▪ For example, he wanted to be a member of as many clubs - of any description - as possible.
▪ Her knowledge of publishing trends, literary history, and books of every description and genre, however, filled rooms.
▪ It is authorized to decide all cases of every description, arising under the constitution or laws of the United States.
▪ Superb apple pie with sultanas and cloves, interspersed with crusty bread sandwiches of every description.
▪ The action must take place against a backdrop of some description, even if it it is a blank black curtain.
of little/no/any etc consequence
▪ Choosing the gender of your baby is an individual decision of no consequence to anybody else.
▪ During the bad weather we experienced a few disasters and events, but they were of little consequence.
▪ It clearly ranks as the first written literature of any consequence.
▪ Neither country had other exports of any consequence.
▪ No signal can be received outside that range but this is of no consequence.
▪ They were of no consequence, I knew they were of no consequence.
on no account/not on any account
▪ On no account should you attempt this exercise if you're pregnant.
▪ You shouldn't sign the contract unless you are sure you understand it. Not on any account.
sb is not getting any younger
sth must not go any further
we're not in Kansas any more
with (any) luck/with a bit of luck
▪ If you have missed the deadline you need to act promptly to minimise any further charges.
▪ The heat grows rapidly; the fumes no doubt hinder any further action.
▪ Whether government pressure will fare any better remains to be seen.
▪ I never got any good at pottery.
▪ In my opinion it's the only one that's any good.
▪ Therefore, free will itself is any good only to the extent that it contributes to eventual reproduction.
▪ I had stolen it from a book, but that didn't necessarily mean it was any good.
▪ Will it fare any better than previous technology fads?
▪ Could life get any better than this?
▪ Which is good because this is not just any old brothel.
▪ Relaxing upstairs in a warm bath, he suddenly realized he was not unwinding in just any old bathroom.
▪ Like you they want to dance-not just any old way but a la Alvin Ailey.
▪ David could not stand it any longer.
▪ I can't walk any farther.
▪ I don't see how things could get any worse.
▪ Is Peggy feeling any better today?
▪ All this does not make Bush's task any easier.
▪ Can things get any more explicit?
▪ If you want to throw up, feel free to now, if that would make you feel any better.
▪ Now, as he regarded the principal, stripped of his power, my father could not restrain himself any longer.
▪ On one level, of course, it simply does not matter any longer.
▪ There is no mileage any more in being a groupie.
▪ There was nothing of life any more.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Any \A"ny\, a. & pron. [OE. [ae]ni[yogh], [ae]ni, eni, ani, oni, AS. [=ae]nig, fr. [=a]n one. It is akin to OS. [=e]nig, OHG. einic, G. einig, D. eenig. See One.]

  1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or whatsoever it may be.

    Note: Any is often used in denying or asserting without limitation; as, this thing ought not be done at any time; I ask any one to answer my question.

    No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son.
    --Matt. xi. 27.

  2. Some, of whatever kind, quantity, or number; as, are there any witnesses present? are there any other houses like it? ``Who will show us any good?''
    --Ps. iv. 6.

    Note: It is often used, either in the singular or the plural, as a pronoun, the person or thing being understood; anybody; anyone; (pl.) any persons.

    If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, . . . and it shall be given him.
    --Jas. i. 5.

    That if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
    --Acts ix. 2.

    At any rate, In any case, whatever may be the state of affairs; anyhow.


Any \A"ny\, adv. To any extent; in any degree; at all.

You are not to go loose any longer.

Before you go any farther.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English ænig "any, anyone," literally "one-y," from Proto-Germanic *ainagas (cognates: Old Saxon enig, Old Norse einigr, Old Frisian enich, Dutch enig, German einig), from PIE *oi-no- "one, unique" (see one). The -y may have diminutive force here.\n

\nEmphatic form any old ______ (British variant: any bloody ______) is recorded from 1896. At any rate is recorded from 1847. Among the large family of compounds beginning with any-, anykyn "any kind" (c.1300) did not survive, and Anywhen (1831) is rarely used, but OED calls it "common in Southern [British] dialects."


adv. To even the slightest extent, at all. det. At least one; of at least one kind. One at all. pron. Any thing(s) or person(s).

  1. adj. (in negative statements) either every little or very great but unspecified; "can't stand any noise"; "could not endure chemotherapy for any length of time" [syn: any(a)]

  2. one or some or every or all without specification; "give me any peaches you don't want"; "not any milk is left"; "any child would know that"; "pick any card"; "any day now"; "cars can be rented at almost any airport"; "at twilight or any other time"; "beyond any doubt"; "need any help we can get"; "give me whatever peaches you don't want"; "no milk whatsoever is left" [syn: any(a), whatever, whatsoever]


adv. to any degree or extent; "it isn't any better"


ANY may refer to:

  • ANY (magazine), a New York-based architectural journal published from 1993 to 2000
  • Anthony Municipal Airport's IATA airport code
  • Athabasca Northern Railway's reporting mark
ANY (magazine)

ANY was an architectural journal, published by the ANYone Corporation for over seven years. A total of 27 issues were published. The first issue was published in May 1993, and its last was published in September 2000. ANY was succeeded by Log, also published by the ANYone Corporation.

Notable contributors to the magazine included Zaha Hadid, Bernard Tschumi, Elizabeth Diller, Rem Koolhaas, Sanford Kwinter, R.E. Somol, Peter Eisenman, and Greg Lynn.

Issues one to eight were designed by longtime Eisenman collaborator, Massimo Vignelli. Beginning with number eight, the magazine was designed by graphic design firm, 2x4.

Usage examples of "any".

Q Factor Aberrants has not previously been observed to lead to aberrancy in the offspring of such alliances, since the aberrant factors do not appear to be inherited to any significant extent.

Q Factor, though high, is not of any such extraordinary highness as to justify an attempt at psychosurgery to correct the aberration, it is therefore recommended that subject be released from the Communipath Creche on her own recognizance after suitable indoctrination erasure.

It seems likely that Raeder took this step largely because he wanted to anticipate any sudden aberration of his unpredictable Leader.

That during the existing insurrection, and as a necessary measure for suppressing the same, all rebels and insurgents, their aiders and abettors within the United States, and all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice affording aid and comfort to rebels against the authority of the United States, shall be subject to martial law, and liable to trial and punishment by courts-martial or military commissions.

We may, however, omit for the present any consideration of the particular providence, that beforehand decision which accomplishes or holds things in abeyance to some good purpose and gives or withholds in our own regard: when we have established the Universal Providence which we affirm, we can link the secondary with it.

Why, Abigail could best nearly any boy in the county at what were deemed masculine pursuits: hunting, riding and climbing trees.

At any rate she had a jesting air, and the bystanders noticed that she pronounced the words of her abjuration with a smile.

He started to intone another spell, but the archmage struck again, seeking to dispel any enchantments or abjurations protecting the lich.

Church of England or of Rome as the medium of those superior ablutions described above, only that I think the Unitarian Church, like the Lyceum, as yet an open and uncommitted organ, free to admit the ministrations of any inspired man that shall pass by: whilst the other churches are committed and will exclude him.

The chest claimed to be that of Elder Brewster, owned by the Connecticut Historical Society, was not improb ably his, but that it had any MAY-FLOWER relation is not shown.

It is difficult to give any satisfactory explanation of these abnormal developments.

This abnormalism has been known almost as long as there has been any real knowledge of obstetrics.

All the while the shaft of phosphorescence from the well was getting brighter and brighter, bringing to the minds of the huddled men, a sense of doom and abnormality which far outraced any image their conscious minds could form.

On this now leaped and twisted a more indescribable horde of human abnormality than any but a Sime or an Angarola could paint.

Finally, he points out the practical bearing of the subject--for example, the probability of calculus causing sudden suppression of urine in such cases--and also the danger of surgical interference, and suggests the possibility of diagnosing the condition by ascertaining the absence of the opening of one ureter in the bladder by means of the cystoscope, and also the likelihood of its occurring where any abnormality of the genital organs is found, especially if this be unilateral.