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the Four Hundred

The wealthiest and most powerful of the social elite. The phrase allegedly originated from the number of people that Caroline Schermerhorn Astor (wife of US millionaire John Jacob Astor) could fit inside her ballroom. Primarily heard in US. Thanks to my new husband, I am now part of the Four Hundred and the recipient of many jealous looks.
See also: four, hundred
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Yes, there are two hundred of them, and each of them will need two, which will make four hundred.
Finally, Farmer Louis sold them eighty trusses, making in all four hundred and thirty.
He was cautioned not to let a bit of straw out of his hands under a louis the truss, and they intrusted to him straw to the amount of four hundred and thirty louis.
He put in his pocket the key of the room where he had hidden them, and accompanied by Porthos returned to settle with Musqueton, who, naively, and like the worthy steward that he was, handed them four hundred and thirty louis and kept one hundred for himself.
One which had printed fifty million dollars of stock for sale was sold at auction in 1909 for four hundred thousand dollars.
In 1907 four hundred and fifty-eight thousand independent telephones were linked by wire to the nearest Bell Company; and in 1908 these were followed by three hundred and fifty thousand more.
The first few days of the voyage passed prosperously, amid favourable weather and propitious winds, and they soon came in sight of the great Andaman, the principal of the islands in the Bay of Bengal, with its picturesque Saddle Peak, two thousand four hundred feet high, looming above the waters.
For another hour I saw that pitiless column of mercury rise and rise until at four hundred and ten miles it stood at 153 degrees.
At four hundred and twenty miles I took another reading.
Stuart and his comrades had not proceeded far in the canoes, when they beheld the whole rabble of Wishram stringing in groups along the bank, whooping and yelling, and gibbering in their wild jargon, and when they landed below the falls, they were surrounded by upwards of four hundred of these river ruffians, armed with bows and arrows, war clubs, and other savage weapons.
Then mounting their horses to the number of four hundred and fifty men, and brandishing their weapons, they set off along the northern bank of the river, to get ahead of the canoes, lie in wait for them, and take a terrible revenge on the white men.
The question is: is it possible for four hundred people to be wrong while one man is right?
63 (eight hundred forty-seven thousand four hundred fifty-seven) rubles 63 kopecks, excluding VAT.
A total of four hundred and sixty-four patients are under treatment in hospitals.
Regis Hotels & Resorts is delighted to unveil Caroline's Four Hundred, the brand's first-ever bespoke scent inspired by Caroline Astor, the matriarch of the hotel's founding family and doyenne of New York's Gilded Age.