a couple of (people or things)

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a couple of (people or things)

Two or more people or things. The phrase is intentionally vague in number. It's not going to be a big party—I just invited over a couple of people from school. I just need a couple of minutes to talk to you about your upcoming schedule, sir.
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couple of

two; two or three; a few; some; not many. Bill grabbed a couple of beers from the refrigerator. I hung a couple of pictures on the wall.
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Many had already done so, and this student was considering following them out, since she had only a couple of days to take an incomplete.
Board President Marlene Canter did offer a couple of pointless compromises: Villaraigosa could interview the next superintendent -- after he or she is selected.
Rod Barajas and Nelson Cruz followed with RBI singles and a couple of batters later, Young added another RBI single to give the Rangers a 5-0 lead.
We haven't executed as crisply as we can in a couple of important areas, but you can see these guys have kept plugging away.
We would probably wait a couple of days but hopefully, they can stay in the race down there.
Westbrook) was able to get out of a couple of jams early and kind of found it,'' Lackey said.
I was sad to say goodbye to those guys, but I didn't realize we would be teammates again in just a couple of weeks,'' Ethier said.
It took a couple of starts to get going the last time I was on the (disabled list).
With Schilling unable to start the season while rehabbing from ankle surgery, and free-agent signee Wade Miller (frayed rotator cuff) still a couple of months away, it will be up to Wells, Clement, Wakefield and Arroyo to keep the team close in the first few weeks.
And later, warm and loose, they would move to the Pierce College field a couple of miles away for an unconventional throwing session in which their ``long tosses'' stretched to extraordinary 350-foot lobs.
But this morning, for at least a couple of hours, Scioscia, his coaching staff, general manager Bill Stoneman and a Major League Baseball attorney will sit across from suspended left fielder Jose Guillen, agent Adam Katz and a union representative in a conference room as arbitrator Shyam Das hears both sides and determines if the club's eight-game suspension, without pay, of Guillen will be upheld.
The starters have been so good for so long with a couple of rough edges here and there.
Managing at Triple-A Albuquerque, he had to break up two fights within a couple of weeks.
He said he had ``feelers'' from a couple of junior colleges to continue playing but ultimately turned to stock cars.