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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"And this is the man the likes of us have called a pudd'nhead for more than twenty years.
"There's a lot to be said for the likes of us - we haven't actually won anything but we're still fighting there trying to get over the line and to get a bit of silverware."
Allianz has previously invested in the likes of US insurtech stalwart Lemonade and Indonesian ridehailing startup Go-jek.
He told Reuters last month that Trump could be lured into a conflict by the likes of US national security adviser John Bolton, an ardent Iran hawk.
Liverpool is a very saleable product now - all the best players in the world will want to come to the likes of us; Barcelona; Real Madrid; possibly Juventus or if you want a lot of money and to play for Pep Guardiola, Manchester City.
richard madden THE BODYGUARD and Game of Thrones actor made it on to this year's Time 100 most influential people list, alongside the likes of US president Donald Trump and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
richard madden THE BODYGUARD and Game of Thrones actor made it onto this year's Time 100 most influential people list, alongside the likes of US president Donald Trump and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
The Scots actor made it on to this year's Time 100 list, alongside the likes of US president Donald Trump and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who appears on one of the six covers.
The British actor made it to this year's Time 100 list, alongside the likes of US president Donald Trump and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift - who appears on one of the six covers.
From January this year, the team has so far played 19 international matches against U-16 national teams including the likes of US, Norway, Japan, Serbia, Iraq, North Korea, China (U-17), Thailand, Jordan among others.
Of course they [Manchester City] have a different philosophy to the likes of us but the core principles are still there.
"I wrote to the then Chief Constable Chris Sims in 2009, only to get a response from an inspector telling me that he was too busy to deal with the likes of us.
Chester-le-Street, Manchester and Leeds cannot sell as many tickets at the prices the southern and midlands counties can, so English cricket's greatest rivalry is being kept away from the likes of us.
He returns to Wentworth alongside the likes of US Open champ Martin Kaymer.