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be (really) something

To be particularly noteworthy, remarkable, interesting, special, or impressive. Wow, this new car of yours is really something! A: "I hope we get a chance to meet the band after the concert." B: "Yeah, now that would be really something!
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I am something frightful, neither man nor animal, I know not what, harder, more trampled under foot, and more unshapely than a pebble stone
I mention this incidentally, the chance allusion to albogues having reminded me of it; and it will be of great assistance to us in the perfect practice of this calling that I am something of a poet, as thou knowest, and that besides the bachelor Samson Carrasco is an accomplished one.
Besides, passengers get sea-sick --grow quarrelsome --don't sleep of nights --do not enjoy themselves much, as a general thing; --no, I never go as a passenger; nor, though I am something of a salt, do I ever go to sea as a Commodore, or a Captain, or a Cook.
Usually I will not see even my subjects, and so they believe I am something terrible.
But I am something else too, madam; for,' says he, 'to be plain with you, I am a cuckold, and she is a whore.
But I am something of a fatalist, like all good Orientals, and I entered ready, for anything.
I am something of a physician, and have, like my fellows, sought more than once for the soul in living and in dead matter; yet, like providence, it has remained invisible to my eyes, although present to my heart.
To say the truth," replied Miss Crawford, "I am something like the famous Doge at the court of Lewis XIV.
I need not say," said our leader, "that on the occasion of my last visit I exhausted every means of climbing the cliff, and where I failed I do not think that anyone else is likely to succeed, for I am something of a mountaineer.
I am something of an adrenaline junkie and I wondered why I hadn't done anything like this before.
READERS of this column will know I am something of a telly-addict.
However, I am something of a supporter in a broad sense.
Lists, you see (and yes, I am something of an authority) fall into two distinct categories.