the likes of (someone or something)

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the likes of (someone or something)

Anything comparable to someone or something. Typically used in a negative construction to indicate that something is unique or rare. Meteorologists think that blizzard was the storm of the century, so we shouldn't be seeing the likes of it again anytime soon. That acrobat show was incredible. I've never seen the likes of it.
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likes of someone or something

someone or something similar to that person or thing; the equal or equals of someone or something. I never want to see the likes of you again! We admired the splendid old ships, the likes of which will never be built again.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

likes of, the

Also, the like of one. An equivalent or very similar person or thing; an equal or match. For example, I've never seen the likes of this before, or We'll never see his like again. This expression today is almost always put in a negative context. [Mid-1500s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the likes of

a similar type of person or thing. informal
1989 Charles Shaar Murray Crosstown Traffic They specialized in an odd combination of funk workouts and soulish adaptations of folk-rock hits by the likes of James Taylor and the Doobie Brothers.
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the likes of somebody

(informal) people like somebody: She didn’t want to associate with the likes of me.
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Announcing the show, the man responsible for the likes of It's Not Unusual and What's New Pussycat, said: "I am pleased and excited to announce my 2015 tour.
e Script's nationwide tour takes its name from their latest album No Sound Without Silence so it's only right it got a fair showing courtesy of the likes of It's Not Right For You, Hail Rain Or Sunshine, e Energy Never Dies and, one of my personal highlights, Man On A Wire.
But, apart from a handful of new songs from forthcoming album Chinese Democracy sneakily slipped in, all the set was familiar and there were mass singalongs to the likes of It's So Easy, Live and Let Die, Sweet Child Of Mine and November Rain.
It was decent enough, but the likes of It's The Little Things We Do was patchy compared to the blissfully understated Remember Me, a straightforward acoustic strum that had all present dancing like imbeciles.