number of things or people

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
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number of things or people

some things or people, in an indefinite amount. I subscribe to a number of different magazines. A number of people are here now.
See also: number, of, people, thing
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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