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a little/many/some/any more
▪ Can I have a little more time to finish?
▪ Are there any more sandwiches?
at some point
▪ Over half the population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives.
at some stage
▪ Four out of ten people are likely to contract cancer at some stage in their lives.
bear a/some similarity to sth (=be like something)
▪ The murder bore a striking similarity to another shooting 25 miles away.
breathe some air/the air
▪ It was wonderful to be outside and breathe some fresh air.
catch up on some sleep (=sleep after not having enough sleep)
▪ I suggest you try and catch up on some sleep.
catch up on some sleep (=after a period without enough sleep)
▪ I need to catch up on some sleep.
do some exercise (also take some exercise British English)
▪ He ought to do more exercise.
▪ He was advised by the doctor to take more exercise.
do some thinking
▪ I’ve had a chance to do some thinking.
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.
do some/no preparation
▪ He had obviously done no preparation for the meeting.
do some/the/your shopping
▪ I thought you wanted to do some shopping.
For some inexplicable reason,
For some inexplicable reason, he felt depressed.
for some reason (or other) (also for some unknown reason) (= for a reason that you do not know)
▪ For some reason she felt like crying.
▪ For some unknown reason, the curtains were always drawn.
For some strange reason
For some strange reason, I slept like a baby despite the noise.
For some unaccountable reason
For some unaccountable reason, he arrived a day early.
For some unknown reason
For some unknown reason, Mark quit his job and moved to Greece.
get some advice
▪ I decided to get some advice from a specialist.
get some exercise
▪ I don’t get enough exercise.
get some kip
▪ We ought to get some kip.
get some practice
▪ You must get as much practice as possible before the competition.
get some rest
▪ You’d better get some rest if you’re driving back tonight.
get some shut-eye
▪ We’d better get some shut-eye.
get some sleep (=sleep for a while)
▪ You’d better get some sleep.
give it some wellie
▪ You need to give it some wellie.
give sb some advice
▪ My father once gave me some useful advice.
▪ The scheme has given advice and training to scores of youngsters taking part.
good for some time/a hundred miles etc
▪ This old truck is good for another 100,000 miles.
have no/any/some means of doing sth
▪ There was no path, and they had no means of knowing where they were.
have some company (=not be alone)
▪ ‘Come in,’ she said, pleased to have some company.
have some knowledge of sth
▪ The book assumes that you already have some knowledge of physics.
have some news (for sb)
▪ I could tell by his face that he had some news.
have some/more etc practice (=do practice)
▪ I’m not a very good dancer. I haven’t had enough practice.
have some/no/little credibility
▪ By then the president had ceased to have any credibility.
have some/no/little say in sth
▪ The workers had no say in how the factory was run.
in some sense (also in some senses)
▪ George was perfectly right in some senses.
it’s all right for some
▪ ‘I get eight weeks’ holiday a year.‘ ’Well, it’s all right for some.'
let in some air (=let fresh air into a room)
▪ It would be nice to open the door and let in some air.
of (some) repute (=having a good reputation)
▪ a hotel of some repute
on some pretext
▪ He’ll phone on some pretext or other.
or some such
▪ She needs to see a psychiatrist or some such person.
pass on some advice (=give someone advice that you have learned or been given)
▪ Readers can pass on advice about gardening.
put some distance between yourself and sb/sth (=go quite a long way from them)
▪ He wanted to put some distance between himself and his pursuers.
put some energy into sth
▪ Try to put more energy into your game.
say some words
▪ She stopped abruptly, suddenly afraid to say the words aloud.
some ... others
▪ Some people are at greater risk than others.
some chance
▪ There’s some chance of snow later this week.
some distance (=quite a long distance)
▪ He heard a scream some distance away.
some kind
▪ Carved into the stone was some kind of design.
some other
▪ Can we discuss this some other time?
some semblance of normality
▪ We’ll soon get back to some semblance of normality.
some semblance of order
▪ She was trying to get her thoughts back into some semblance of order.
some sort
▪ There has been some sort of error.
some success
▪ The group is already achieving some success.
some time ago (=a fairly long time ago)
▪ They moved to a new house some time ago.
some time (=quite a long period of time)
▪ I’ve known the truth for some time.
some/a little/a long way ahead
▪ The clinic was now in sight, some way ahead.
some/certain reservations
▪ Despite some reservations, I recommend this book.
take some doingBritish Englishinformal (= need a lot of time or effort)
▪ Catching up four goals will take some doing.
there is no/little/some doubt (=used to talk about how sure people are about something)
▪ There is little doubt that he will play for England one day.
there must be some mistake (=used when you think someone has made a mistake)
▪ There must be some mistake. I definitely booked a room for tonight.
there must be some misunderstanding (=used when you think someone has not understood something correctly)
▪ I think there must be some misunderstanding - I don’t know anyone called Barry.
to some extent/to a certain extent (=partly)
▪ What you say is true to some extent, but it’s not the whole picture.
with some justification
▪ Hoggart felt, with some justification, that his colleagues had let him down.
With some trepidation
With some trepidation, I opened the door.
If I should die, think only this of me:/That there's some corner of a foreign field/That is forever England
a/some semblance of sth
▪ Life went back to a semblance of normalcy.
▪ And so it went on: a series of intrinsically meaningless turns that gained a semblance of significance through weekly repetition.
▪ Comfortable sofas and armchairs should be grouped to allow a semblance of privacy for each couple or party.
▪ Huge fans in the basement of Bio2 pushed the air around for some semblance of wind, but it hardly moved pollen.
▪ Old Chao puckered his face into a semblance of pain.
▪ Slowly, a semblance of normal life is returning to Topo.
▪ The ever changing acceleration charges it with energy; a semblance of life that is discussed in Chapter 14.
▪ The main office gradually returned to a semblance of normality.
▪ There will be just enough time for some semblance of the democratic process within the party to operate.
at (some/great etc) length
▪ All the torments of the one class and the joys of the other are described at length.
▪ An example may, in consequence, be worth considering at some length.
▪ Moreover, they were journalists from a premier worldwide newsgathering organization, playing themselves and at great length in a feature-film fantasy.
▪ Standing in the farmyard, Giles Aplin also spoke to Seb at some length.
▪ The criteria employed for the weeding process are discussed at some length in Chapter 11.
▪ The distinctions between kinds of complex idea are considered at some length in the Essay.
▪ Their objections, based on religious grounds, are discussed at length in the opinion.
▪ This argument is both diversionary and, at length, immobilizing.
catch some/a few rays
▪ Clothes, sleeping bags, spare canvas, all were hung up or spread out to catch a few rays of sunshine.
catch/get some Z's
cut/give sb some slack
▪ Hey, cut me some slack, man, I'm only a few bucks short.
▪ She played the fish, gave it some slack and let it run till it hesitated, then slowly drew it back.
▪ The fish must have come forward to give the line some slack.
do some good/do sb good
give sb some/enough etc rope
▪ You gave me enough rope for eighteen months, and now ... He gripped the back of the chair in front of him.
give sb/get (some) stick
▪ He doesn't give his stick to just anybody.
go some way towards doing sth
▪ But Mala had gone some way towards the opposite.
▪ Funding for public works, including community-based arts projects, went some way towards alleviating mass unemployment.
▪ However, the Commission has recently issued a notice which goes some way towards defining the elements of them.
▪ It is proposed that hypertext systems go some way towards providing students with alternative structures for organizing their knowledge of electronic publishing.
▪ Most of the old great Elf towns date from this period and it goes some way towards accounting for their remoteness.
▪ The theory also goes some way towards answering the question of why people speak indirectly.
▪ This goes some way towards typing the organism causing the disease.
▪ Will he go some way towards reviewing the process?
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.
have a/some/no etc bearing on sth
▪ And that it might have some bearing on what has happened now.
▪ But the facts of the past seemed to have no bearing on the facts of the present.
▪ It has come to have a bearing on the larger questions of civilized survival.
▪ Party political factors, professionalism and the dispositions of key personalities all usually have some bearing on internal management structures.
▪ The availability of security may, however, have a bearing on whether or not a particular loan will be granted.
▪ The observations on immortality in Chapter Thirteen may be seen to have some bearing on this.
▪ The outside influences have no bearing on what you can do for your basketball team....
▪ This year's form will have a bearing on all future claims.
in large measure/in some measure
in one respect/in some respects etc
knock some sense into sb/into sb's head
▪ Maybe getting arrested will knock some sense into him.
make (some) sense of sth
▪ Both writing and speech require context to make sense of what might formally be ambiguous.
▪ Evelyn stretched out on her back and stared into the dark, trying to make sense of the day's events.
▪ How can human beings in normal conversation makes sense of 5,000 words an hour of confusing, semi-organized information?
▪ It is not easy to make sense of the maze of facts and figures concerning the settlements.
▪ No wonder the new managers found it difficult to make sense of and define their new role.
▪ They were arriving in their World Humanities class unable to make sense of a literary text.
▪ This often happens when independent organizations seek to make sense of different providers offering the same service.
▪ We do advise you to dig out the manual that came with your modem to help make sense of the relevant commands.
need some (more) meat on your bones
▪ Matt, you need some more meat on your bones!
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.
quite a sth/quite some sth
▪ But some are quite skeptical of some of his initiatives.
▪ Dorothy and I love the city, although our children have quite honestly had some problems.
▪ In this kind of organization a directive style would be seen as quite out-of-place.
▪ Let us start from an observation which may seem quite unconnected.
▪ The breeding range of island species is small and therefore vulnerable, and the species themselves may be quite primitive.
▪ The poll shows that Mr Livingstone's cross-party popularity is quite unprecedented.
▪ The problem begins when we realize that some companies are actually quite genuine.
▪ Vassar was just becoming co-ed and there was a lot of tension and, quite frankly, some weird men.
quite a/some time
▪ For quite some time he lived with the expectation that he was going to die.
▪ He found out we had been pulling the wool over his eyes for quite some time.
▪ If the skin and gills are kept moist they can remain out of water for quite some time.
▪ In other words, it Adll be quite some time before the kinks are worked out of the system.
▪ It must have taken quite a time.
▪ It was brought to her before I really got to know her, but it was with her for quite some time.
▪ Judging the competition has taken quite some time and was no easy matter.
▪ Uh I have no for quite some time.
some people have all the luck
▪ It costs a fortune to buy a Porsche - some people have all the luck.
take some beating
▪ As a great place for a vacation, Florida takes some beating.
▪ Schumacher has a twelve-second lead, which will take some beating.
▪ And the valley of the River Wharfe takes some beating.
▪ As family Christmasses go, the gruesome Moons in their storm-lashed failing farm take some beating.
▪ As far as awful games go this one takes some beating.
▪ Did they complain about the Fujitsu factory, which takes some beating when one is considering eyesores?
▪ For sheer enjoyment of climbing at this standard the routes on the Clapis sector the Dentelles de Montmirail take some beating.
▪ For styling and interior comfort, both for pilots and passengers, it certainly takes some beating.
▪ He is sure to take some beating with more enterprising tactics and can hand out a lesson in the New University Maiden.
take some doing
▪ Getting this old car to run is going to take some doing.
▪ It took some doing, but I finally persuaded Jim to give me a few more days off.
▪ Winning 3 gold medals in the Olympic Games takes some doing.
▪ Catching up four goals will take some doing.
▪ It takes some doing for a couple to counter the opposition of either family.
▪ It took some doing, but I was out the next day.
▪ So I have to prise off the foe unassisted, which, believe me, takes some doing.
▪ This Series can be saved, but it will take some doing.
▪ This took some doing, as they seemed prepared to stay all night.
▪ Whew, that took some doing, I can tell you.
talk (some) sense into sb
▪ Someone needs to talk sense into Rob before he gets hurt.
▪ Afterwards, George asked me to come down and see if I could talk some sense into you.
▪ At least it gave him time to try and talk some sense into her.
▪ He had already tried to talk sense into Jotan, and had got nowhere.
▪ Maybe the squabbling sparrows on the next balcony would talk some sense into her before it was too late.
▪ She fervently hoped that Father McCormack would be able to talk some sense into her son.
▪ Take this, and try to talk some sense into your dad if you can.
Some students only come here because they want to have fun, not because they want to learn.
Some trees lose their leaves in the autumn.
▪ I've only spent some of the money.
▪ In some cases, the damage could not even be repaired.
▪ It's a good idea to take some cash with you.
▪ Of course you'll make some new friends in college.
▪ The talks have been continuing for some time.
▪ There's some butter in the fridge.
▪ They've already gotten some offers to buy their house.
▪ "Do you have any tape?" "Yeah, there's some in my desk drawer."
▪ It's true that some have suggested that the mayor resign.
▪ We're out of milk. Could you bring some home from the store?
▪ We've ordered more blue shirts, though we still have some in stock.
▪ Among the 11 factory sites across Europe, some 2,600 jobs are to be eliminated this year.
▪ He lectured at the Institut Pasteur for some 50 years.
▪ We could work some and then rest a while.
▪ Statistically, some 100,000 Guardian readers will be problem drinkers.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Some \Some\ (s[u^]m), a. [OE. som, sum, AS. sum; akin to OS., OFries., & OHG. sum, OD. som, D. sommig, Icel. sumr, Dan. somme (pl.), Sw. somlige (pl.), Goth. sums, and E. same.

  1. Consisting of a greater or less portion or sum; composed of a quantity or number which is not stated; -- used to express an indefinite quantity or number; as, some wine; some water; some persons. Used also pronominally; as, I have some.

    Some theoretical writers allege that there was a time when there was no such thing as society.

  2. A certain; one; -- indicating a person, thing, event, etc., as not known individually, or designated more specifically; as, some man, that is, some one man. ``Some brighter clime.''
    --Mrs. Barbauld.

    Some man praiseth his neighbor by a wicked intent.

    Most gentlemen of property, at some period or other of their lives, are ambitious of representing their county in Parliament.

  3. Not much; a little; moderate; as, the censure was to some extent just.

  4. About; near; more or less; -- used commonly with numerals, but formerly also with a singular substantive of time or distance; as, a village of some eighty houses; some two or three persons; some hour hence.

    The number slain on the rebel's part were some two thousand.

  5. Considerable in number or quantity. ``Bore us some leagues to sea.''

    On its outer point, some miles away. The lighthouse lifts its massive masonry.

  6. Certain; those of one part or portion; -- in distinction from other or others; as, some men believe one thing, and others another.

    Some [seeds] fell among thorns; . . . but other fell into good ground.
    --Matt. xiii. 7, 8.

  7. A part; a portion; -- used pronominally, and followed sometimes by of; as, some of our provisions.

    Your edicts some reclaim from sins, But most your life and blest example wins.

    All and some, one and all. See under All, adv. [Obs.]

    Note: The illiterate in the United States and Scotland often use some as an adverb, instead of somewhat, or an equivalent expression; as, I am some tired; he is some better; it rains some, etc.

    Some . . . some, one part . . . another part; these . . . those; -- used distributively.

    Some to the shores do fly, Some to the woods, or whither fear advised.

    Note: Formerly used also of single persons or things: this one . . . that one; one . . . another.

    Some in his bed, some in the deep sea.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English sum "some, a, a certain one, something, a certain quantity; a certain number;" with numerals "out of" (as in sum feowra "one of four"); from Proto-Germanic *suma- (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German sum, Old Norse sumr, Gothic sums), from PIE *smm-o-, suffixed form of root *sem- (1) "one," also "as one" (adv.), "together with" (see same). For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come.\nThe word has had greater currency in English than in the other Teutonic languages, in some of which it is now restricted to dialect use, or represented only by derivatives or compounds ....


\nAs a pronoun from c.1100; as an adverb from late 13c. Meaning "remarkable" is attested from 1808, American English colloquial. A possessive form is attested from 1560s, but always was rare. Many combination forms (somewhat, sometime, somewhere) were in Middle English but often written as two words till 17-19c. Somewhen is rare and since 19c. used almost exclusively in combination with the more common compounds; somewho "someone" is attested from late 14c. but did not endure. Scott (1816) has somegate "somewhere, in some way, somehow," and somekins "some kind of a" is recorded from c.1200. Get some "have sexual intercourse" is attested 1899 in a quote attributed to Abe Lincoln from c.1840.

adv. Of a measurement; approximately, roughly det. A certain proportion of, at least one. pron. A certain number, at least one.


adv. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party" [syn: approximately, about, close to, just about, roughly, more or less, around, or so]

  1. adj. quantifier; used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns to indicate an unspecified number or quantity; "have some milk"; "some roses were still blooming"; "having some friends over"; "some apples"; "some paper" [syn: some(a)] [ant: no(a), all(a)]

  2. unknown or unspecified; "some lunatic drove into my car"; "some man telephoned while you were out"; "some day my prince will come"; "some enchanted evening" [syn: some(a)]

  3. relatively many but unspecified in number; "they were here for some weeks"; "we did not meet again for some years" [syn: some(a)]

  4. remarkable; "that was some party"; "she is some skier"

  5. relatively much but unspecified in amount or extent; "we talked for some time"; "he was still some distance away" [syn: some(a)]


Somé is a town in the Nandiala Department of Boulkiemdé Province in central western Burkina Faso. It has a population of 3,073.

Some (film)

Some is a 2004 South Korean crime thriller film directed by Chang Yoon-hyun.

Some (song)

"Some" is a song by South Korean singers Soyou and Junggigo, featuring Lil Boi of Geeks. It was released online as a digital single on February 7, 2014 through Starship Entertainment.

Usage examples of "some".

The rest I was prepared to dismiss airily as some sort of unfortunate aberration brought about by the exceptional circumstances of the tornado.

He had figured to himself some passionate hysterique, merciless as a cat in her hate and her love, a zealous abettor, perhaps even the ruling spirit in the crime.

The troops of ladies were off to bereave themselves of their fashionable imitation old lace adornment, which denounced them in some sort abettors and associates of the sanguinary loathed wretch, Mrs.

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.

Yet I know that thou wilt abide here till some one else come, whether that be early or late.

I deem thou hast not come hither to abide her without some token or warrant of her.

I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.

So they took counsel together, and to some it seemed better to abide the onset on their vantage ground.

Since Bull Shockhead would bury his brother, and lord Ralph would seek the damsel, and whereas there is water anigh, and the sun is well nigh set, let us pitch our tents and abide here till morning, and let night bring counsel unto some of us.

Dale of the Tower: there shall we abide a while to gather victual, a day or two, or three maybe: so my Lord will hold a tourney there: that is to say that I myself and some few others shall try thy manhood somewhat.

It was now late in the afternoon, and Ralph pondered whether he should abide the night where he was and sleep the night there, or whether he should press on in hope of winning to some clear place before dark.

Either come down to us into the meadow yonder, that we may slay you with less labour, or else, which will be the better for you, give up to us the Upmeads thralls who be with you, and then turn your faces and go back to your houses, and abide there till we come and pull you out of them, which may be some while yet.

For I spake with thee, it is nigh two years agone, when thou wert abiding the coming of our Lady in the castle yonder But now I see of thee that thou art brighter-faced, and mightier of aspect than aforetime, and it is in my mind that the Lady of Abundance must have loved thee and holpen thee, and blessed thee with some great blessing.

At the same time, the desperation I heard in some voices made me wonder if Natch had been right to question our ability to make changes.

He was accounted a Master of Sorcere, the only Baenre so recognized other than old Gromph himself, and was reputed to be an abjurer of some skill.