- in some way not specified, apparent, or known.
- somehow or other, in an undetermined way; by any means possible: She was determined to finish college somehow or other.
Origin of somehow
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Examples from the Web for somehow
There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
Michelle Obama tweeting a hashtag is somehow cause for outrage.Political Memes That Absolutely Must Die in 2015
January 1, 2015
The whys the wherefores, I think a lot of that is somehow a link from decoding texts, as they say in graduate school.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
Is it somehow jarring to some people that the father who spoke these words is not black but white?The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio
December 21, 2014
I was told by one or two of my customers to go and hear him, but somehow or other I never did.
This man, somehow or other, knows every thing that passes in our family.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And somehow you knew it wasn't your naughtiness that made her cry.
He wasn't smiling; but somehow his eyes looked kinder than if they had smiled.
He had somehow injured his knee that he could not walk a step.Weighed and Wanting
- in some unspecified way
- Also: somehow or other by any means that are necessary
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Word Origin and History for somehow
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Idioms and Phrases with somehow
see under or other.
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