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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