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    #1

    some thumping great lies

    thumping
    very big or great:
    He told us some thumping great lies!
    Longman dictionary

    Does the "some" here mean "considerable" or "unspecified" amount of lies?
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    #2

    Re: some thumping great lies

    'Some' is an unspecified amount, usually not a lot, or else a different word would normally be used, eg. "He told us many thumping great lies!"

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    Re: some thumping great lies

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Some' is an unspecified amount, usually not a lot, or else a different word would normally be used, eg. "He told us many thumping great lies!"
    I saw in dictionaries these two meanings of "some" and didn't know which one fitted the example better.


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    #4

    Re: some thumping great lies

    You should have found more than two meanings. Anyhow, I guess you're referring to:
    3 formala fairly large number of people or things or a fairly large amount of something:
    It was some time before they managed to turn the alarm off.
    The donation went some way toward paying for the damage.

    The original is not an example of this use of 'some'.

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    Re: some thumping great lies

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You should have found more than two meanings.
    Yes, I did. I meant -- two meanings which, as I thought, were theoretically possible to apply to the example.


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    #6

    Re: some thumping great lies

    A similar case:

    Sally, who helps Holly with her accounts says to Paul (her friend):
    - Some day, Mr Fred, you take this book [accounts], turn it into a novel. Everything is there. Just fill in a little of the details.
    Holly adds:
    - Certainly would be good for some laughs.
    Breakfast at Tiffany's, movie

    Is this the same case of using 'some' as in the #1?
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    Re: some thumping great lies

    Yes, that use is the same the use in #1.

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