as many as

as many as

1. Up to or equal to a certain number or amount. We have as many as 40 employees working in the office at any hour of the day.
2. The largest amount that is required, available, or possible. Don't worry about the cost, just hire as many people as you think is necessary to get the job done. Get as many copies of the book as your car can hold.
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as many as...

used to show surprise that the number of people or things involved is so large: There were as many as 200 people at the lecture.
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Using the most stringent criterion of IQ [is greater than] 130 to define giftedness, one can speculate that as many as 72 out of 1000 children might be gifted individuals with AS.
Some corporate and government response teams see as many as 100,000 malicious software files in a single day," noted Christophe Birkeland, Norman AS's Chief Technology Officer.