something thing, a

Something occasional or transient, as in For most free-lance musicians, work is a sometime thing. This idiom gained currency in the title of a song by George Gershwin, “A Woman Is A Sometime Thing” (1935), introduced in the folk opera Porgy and Bess.


Nearby words

  1. something is rotten in the state of denmark,
  2. something like,
  3. something of a,
  4. something or other,
  5. something tells me,
  6. sometime,
  7. sometimes,
  8. someway,
  9. somewhat,
  10. somewhen

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