One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A particular or special thing of its type rather than an ordinary one of that type.‘he had an acting job at last, and not just any part, but the lead in a new film’
- ‘Now that I had the money, I wanted a real Harris tweed jacket, and not just any Harris tweed jacket but a thick one, with more tweed in it than other tweed jackets.’
- ‘Yes, these prizes are not just any old give-aways you get in some newspapers, they are tailor-made for the discerning readers of this column.’
- ‘Just wondering how some people will react to the news that Ellen DeGeneres has gotten a new gig, not just any job, mind you.’
- ‘She needed to get herself a bike, and not just any ordinary bike.’
- ‘This is not just any job; it is what may well be the second most powerful position in the United States government.’
- ‘The new buildings are not just any old structures either.’
- ‘And not just any fella; one with what is patently a made-up name.’
- ‘It was yellow, and not just any yellow, but sinister yellow.’
- ‘He knew, that the fifth was a thief, not just any ordinary thief, but one who had more brains than the others of his guild.’
- ‘Again, a music festival is not just any other ordinary event.’
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