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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Falcon's keeper, Greg Godwin, had already made several excellent saves, but he could do nothing to stop Matt Bucklow scoring from a couple of yards out.
"We were doing very well in Division Five last season having missed out on promotion for a few years but obviously under the restructure we are playing some stronger sides and we have been trounced a couple of times, but overall I think the step up has been good for the team," said Thomas.
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According to the report, Harris said that if he were to play the first Test, it would be ideal to bowl 20-30 overs in Taunton and then take a couple of days off to prepare for the first Test.
Within a couple of years he had more than 2,000 patients.
Griffiths Forward pressure and a good pass from White allowed Jeb Sinclair to power over for a try, taking a couple of opposition players with him and the scoreboard soon ticked over to 66 points when Shaq Negweny outpaced the A-A's with a run under the posts making for an easy conversion.
A couple of my favorite and semi-wacky promotions that we have are our mobile River Cats hot dog cannon that shoot buns and wieners into the crowd, and our superhero, Roof Man, who saves baseballs from being lost forever on our stadium roof and distributes them to kids.
Just a couple of them are going through it right now, but they'll be fine."
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.
I know that if somebody assassinated a couple of our players here in Chicago--some nut who didn't want us to win--I wouldn't want to play the rest of the season, World Series, playoffs, nothing." (14)
The latter took a couple of awards, including the jury's silver for "best overall FanTasia film." To top it all, the festival mounted Komikstok, a weekend devoted to comic books and Japanese mangas.
(A couple of young working-class London skaters/taggers/punks who, naturally, attend art school, begin to videotape their abject pals and environs for a class project; in homage to Patrick Keiller's sly 1994 film London, they collage the good bits and lay a brilliant rant about history, architecture, and skateboarding over the top; the results are mordant, hilarious, poetic, compelling.) The last thing I expected was that the hype would be true.
In addition to passing Gregg's amendment, the committee last week defeated a couple of Democratic amendments to ESEA.
Well, I can't help you drain the swamp, so I'll do the next best thing - give you a couple of additional challenges to think about.