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Related to so many: in so many words
1. A large number; very many. There are so many choices in big grocery stores like this that I actually find it a bit overwhelming.
2. A non-specific number (of something). There are only so many hours in a day that I'm able to work on this project, so I don't know how I'm going to get everything done in time. Like so many activists before us, we stand here today to fight for our basic human rights.
See also: many
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1. Such a large number, as in There were so many guests that we didn't have enough chairs. [First half of 1200s]
2. An unspecified number, as in There allegedly are so many shrimp per pound, but of course the exact number depends on their size and weight . [First half of 1500s]
3. Forming a group, as in The reporters turned on the speaker like so many tigers let loose. [c. 1600]
See also: many
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.
ˈso much/many (something)a certain amount/number (of something): At the end of every working week I have to write in my notebook that I drove so many miles at so much per litre.
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