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Blech. These are the grossest words.
Such a large number, as in
There were so many guests that we didn't have enough chairs
First half of 1200s
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
Forming a group, as in
The reporters turned on the speaker like so many tigers let loose
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