a number of

a number of (something)

Several (people or things). Don't worry, there are a number of options to choose from if this one doesn't appeal to you.
See also: number, of

a number of

A collection of persons or things; several. For example, A number of tours are available, or We've visited a number of times. This idiom often is modified by an adjective giving some idea of quantity, as in Only a small number are going. [1300s] Also see any number of.
See also: number, of
References in classic literature ?
He made fine and accurate reproductions of a number of his "records," and then enlarged them on a scale of ten to one with his pantograph.
By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.
In the decline of the day, near Kentucke river, as we ascended the brow of a small hill, a number of Indians rushed out of a thick cane-brake upon us, and made us prisoners.
This promising beginning was soon overcast with a cloud of adversity; for upon the tenth day of October, the rear of our company was attacked by a number of Indians, who killed six, and wounded one man.
I remained with my family on Clench until the sixth of June,1774, when I and one Michael Stoner were solicited by Governor Dunmore, of Virginia, to go to the Falls of the Ohio, to conduct into the settlement a number of surveyors that had been sent thither by him some months before; this country having about this time drawn the attention of many adventurers.
Soon after I returned home, I was ordered to take the command of three garrisons during the campaign, which Governor Dunmore carried on against the Shawanese Indians: After the conclusion of which, the Militia was discharged from each garrrison, and I being relieved from my post, was solicited by a number of North-Carolina gentlemen, that were about purchasing the lands lying on the S.
I soon began this work, having collected a number of enterprising men, well armed.
During this dreadful siege, which threatened death in every form, we had two men killed, and four wounded, besides a number of cattle.
Harrod proposed to mount a number of horse, and furiously to rush upon the savages, who at this time fought with remarkable fury.
Logan, hastening to join us, with a number of well armed men: This powerful assistance we unfortunately wanted in the battle; for, notwithstanding the enemy's superiority of numbers, they acknowledged that, if they had received one more fire from us, they should undoubtedly have given way.
It has happened a number of times this season, including once in a game at Cleveland earlier in the season that led to a big inning for the Indians.
The Service cited a number of older cases requiring taxpayers to establish an amount paid for the privilege of using a right in a foreign country, and not merely to show the percentage of the sales in the U.
They really need to do an exhaustive search of not only DHCR, but HPD's records, because there must be a number of building violations," Heistein said, adding the harassment order would be one of the largest impediments.
In a classic example of medicine harnessing therapeutic powers of a poison, researchers have turned a potent toxin that causes botulism into a successful treatment for a number of neuromuscular diseases and anticipate unleashing it against several more.
The dealership, which opened last summer, features a number of innovative technologies designed to conserve resources.