[Vocabulary] As many as eight people= Eight people?

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jiaruchan

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As many as eight people were busted in Pakistan today in connection with the botched Times Square bombing.

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Does 'as many as eight people' just mean 'eight people'?
 

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It's a bit vague. There may have been 8. There may have been 6 or 7. There were no MORE than 8.
 
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