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    Default though there were plenty of men like that, God only knew

    When she'd first met him she'd suspected that he was merely a man's man, one of those unattractive breed who secretly fear and dislike women. Certainly he was more at home discussing an expedition with his team-mates than making small talk in a mixed gathering - though there were plenty of men like that, God only knew.
    (Clare Francis; Wolf Winter)

    Would you be so kind to tell me what the part in bold is supposed to mean here?

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    Default Re: though there were plenty of men like that, God only knew

    It means that only God knows how many men like that there are. Meaning there are a lot of them. It's kind of strange to see it in the past tense. Normally the expression is like "God only knows how many."

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    Default Re: though there were plenty of men like that, God only knew

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Suprunp:

    (1) I did some googling, and I found these quotations:
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    (a) "She might be charged with murder or negligent homicide or God-only-knew-what."

    (A 2009 novel entitled If She Only Knew by Lisa Jackson.)

    (b) "The hero might be discovered in his day, or he might not. God only knew."

    (The 1949 novel Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace)

    (c) "And what would become of our mother and us when he was gone, God only knew."

    (The 1870 novel Wuthering Heights by the Bronte sisters)

    (2) Therefore, do you think that your sentence might mean something like:

    (Al)though there were many men like that, God only knew how many there actually were.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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