an unknown quantity


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an unknown quantity

if someone or something is an unknown quantity, you do not know much about them or what effect they will have in the future Turner may do well in the election, though he is an unknown quantity as a campaigner. The new computer system is still an unknown quantity for our department.
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an unknown quantity of cash, they left the store and possibly fled down an "The staff members were unhurt," said Detective Inspector Sion Williams, of St Asaph CID.
They are very much an unknown quantity for us,' he said.
The Kings open the season Friday in Anaheim very much an unknown quantity.
which would have placed two 100-yard boxes onsite, with an unknown quantity of C&D debris to be recycled and the remaining debris to be landfilled.
South Carolina Democrats overwhelmingly supported Tommy Moore as their nominee for governor, But independent polling released after the primaries showed Moore losing by 12 points to Sanford and an unknown quantity to 40 percent of those surveyed.
My old foes are a bit of an unknown quantity at the moment with a new boss and new players, so it will be intriguing to see how they all fit together.
Murray was an unknown quantity at senior level 12 months ago, but he had won the US Open boys' title in 2004.
Boro remain something of an unknown quantity following mixed results in pre-season.
Just moved from the Federal Reserve Board to chair the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), he is an unknown quantity to his new colleagues.
Raith are a bit of an unknown quantity, with their new boss and the fact they've brought in players unknown in this country but we're very wary of them.
We don't know how effective precautions or employer measures to protect employees are going to be so it is really an unknown quantity right now.
The Turks open against Brazil tomorrow and while Gunes has done his homework for that one he admits the other two nations - Costa Rica and China - are something of an unknown quantity.
One female passenger aboard a British Airways flight from Jamaica to the UK last week died aboard her flight after swallowing an unknown quantity of the drug, and over ten people died in 2001 while transporting cocaine internally to Britain.
Organisak, a Pittsburgh native, is hardly an unknown quantity at the PDC.
Barrow is even more of an unknown quantity, but has also impressed Wrexham with efficient work he has done during spells with Wigan and Chester.