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Idioms and Phrases with so many

so many

1

Such a large number, as in There were so many guests that we didn't have enough chairs. [First half of 1200s]

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2

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]

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3

Forming a group, as in The reporters turned on the speaker like so many tigers let loose. [c. 1600]

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