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or other

Or another possible alternative. Used after words or phrases beginning with "some." Eh, don't worry about it. Some person or other will come around and clean it up later. Oh, they were talking about something or other—I couldn't quite hear them. A: "Where are my keys?" B: "There here somewhere or other—you had them coming in last night."
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something or other

An indeterminate thing; something. Oh, they were talking about something or other, I couldn't quite hear them.
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something or other

something unspecified; one thing or another. I can't remember what Ann saidsomething or other. A messenger came by and dropped off something or other at the front desk.
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or other

One besides the one mentioned. This phrase is used to emphasize indefinite words beginning with some, such as someone, somehow, sometime, somewhere. For example, Someone or other will be taking tickets at the door, or I can't remember where I put the lawn rake, but it's somewhere or other in the garage, or Somehow or other be found one that matched. [c. 1600]
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something or other

see under or other.
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ˈsomebody/ˈsomething/ˈsomewhere or other

used when you do not think it is necessary to be more exact about somebody/something, or to show that the person/thing/place mentioned does not have much importance or value in your opinion: ‘What did you have for pudding?’ ‘Oh, something or other covered with cream.’‘Where’s your pen?’ ‘Oh, I lent it to someone or other at work and they forgot to give it back.’