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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!"
References in classic literature ?
Thou art in the right of it, Sancho," said Don Quixote; "and the bachelor Samson Carrasco, if he enters the pastoral fraternity, as no doubt he will, may call himself the shepherd Samsonino, or perhaps the shepherd Carrascon; Nicholas the barber may call himself Niculoso, as old Boscan formerly was called Nemoroso; as for the curate I don't know what name we can fit to him unless it be something derived from his title, and we call him the shepherd Curiambro.
The thought was involved but a simple statement of it would be something like this:
Looks like there is going to be something very serious happening there before long.
It must be something in the genes, because before I had ever heard of Mordecai Cooke my favorite books were about being a wild animal and living in the wilderness.
There must be something about this new gas which, until now I never realised, the old gas has been lacking.
The box isn't changing, so it must be something inside your head.
If they do something at school, it has to be something pop.