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pronoun something pronunciation in British English /ˈsʌmθɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    used for referring to a thing, idea, fact etc when you do not know or say exactly what it is

    I could smell something burning.

    Carl said something about an operation.

    Whenever she sees something that she likes, she goes and buys it.

    Her brother is something in advertising (=he has a job in advertising).

    something important/better/wrong/special etc:

    Be quiet – I have something important to tell you.

    Jake looks pale – is there something wrong with him?

    something else (=something different):

    I’d love to quit my job and do something else with my life.

    something to eat/drink/wear (=food, drink, or clothes):

    Would you like something to drink?

    something to do (=an activity):

    There’s always something to do at the farm.

    something or other:

    He’s always complaining about something or other.

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  2. 2
    used for giving a description or amount that is not exact
    1. a.
      used for giving a description that is not exact or that you are not certain of
      something like:

      They say creating a work of art is something like giving birth.

      The house looks something like a medieval fortress.

      something between:

      The look on Max’s face was something between puzzlement and anger.

    2. b.
      used for giving an amount that is not exact or that you are not certain of
      something like:

      The building is going to be something like 12 storeys tall.

      something between/around:

      He’s earning something between £20,000 and £25,000 a year.

      An average house in the area costs something around £280,000.

  3. 3
    spoken used when you cannot remember the rest of someone’s name, the rest of a number, the words of a song etc

    I can’t remember his name – Harry something, I think.

    The account number was four-two-three-something-something-five.

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    or something along those lines or something like that

    My Christmas presents usually include shavers, perfume or something along those lines.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 17/11/2014

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