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sort of

Somewhat; partially; a little. I'm happy that it's summertime, but I'm still sort of sad that school is over. A: "Are you feeling better?" B: "Sort of. My throat isn't sore anymore but I'm still congested."
See also: of, sort

sort of something

 and kind of something
almost something; somewhat; somehow. Isn't it sort of cold out? That was kind of a stupid thing to do, wasn't it?
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sort of

 and kind of
Yes, but only to a small degree. Bob: Do you like what you're doing in school? Alice: Kind of. Henry: What do you think about all these new laws? Do they worry you? John: Sort of.
See also: of, sort

ˈkind of/ˈsort of

(informal) used with adjectives, adverbs and verbs when something is difficult to describe or when the word you use is not exactly what you mean: She kind of smiled at me.My new dress is sort of green.He said it sort of nervously.
These phrases are sometimes written or spoken as kinda or sorta.
See also: kind, of, sort

sort of

Informal
Somewhat; rather: "Gambling and prostitution ... have been prohibited, but only sort of" (George F. Will).
See also: of, sort
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"Kind of something that I experienced pretty much from Day 1 here with the fan base.
"Just kind of something other than what's going on right now.
"I think it's just kind of something that's kind of at the peak right now, but it's calmed down a little bit since it happened.
"Because it's a club and you're all so close with everyone's families, there's obviously that kind of something extra.
NATS: "The liberal media has made a cage match and they don't want to hear us the papers stink they won't even publish anything in favor of us so we are fed up." Elsewhere on the Mall, Juggalos - known for their face paint - gathered to protest against the FBI's decision to label the group of fans a "loosely organized hybrid gang." Unidentified juggalo protester, saying: "I feel like that's kind of something that they did based on the logo and it kind of goes along with any walk of life if you go into any group that has multiple thousands of people you're going to find the small percentage that are bad apples." The Juggalos saying they did not expect any bad apples to clash with other demonstrators throughout the city.
"You give me that kind of something./ Want it all the time, need it everyday," she coos at Miller.
"Getting people involved and taking away that 'I can't do it' attitude is kind of something I want to push with the lab," said Steven Mark, MakerLab technician and JJC graduate.
This category is just kind of something you have to have."
This was kind of something I fell in love with and had guys teach me how to do the right things and how to take care of people, so that's basically the model here.
"I think for the most part I want to be able to help athletes and this is kind of something that will allow me to do that," Mariota said.
Being here and being acknowledged is really kind of something, it's amazing," she said.
There is something about the season that touches everyone with a special kind of something.
With this explosion of availability came a need to distinguish one kind of something from another, similar, kind of something--and thus, branding was born.