Definition of or so in English:

or so

phrase

  • (after a quantity) approximately.

    ‘a dozen or so people’
    • ‘The last hour or so is as close to the magic of the original trilogy as you can get in my book.’
    • ‘Always buy fresh live scallops with closed shells and make sure you use them within a day or so.’
    • ‘José Luis is in his forties and has a group of a dozen or so mates he has been hanging out with all his life.’
    • ‘Every couple of years or so since then money has been handed over for a succession of studies.’
    • ‘Rob failed to get a bite, and after an hour or so, he suggested that we try further upstream.’
    • ‘You cut them into squares and blanch them in boiling water for a minute or so with onion and garlic.’
    • ‘At our last place I had to take an inch or so off the bottom of a door, as it was sticking on a shaggy new carpet.’
    • ‘I saw a local reporter for one of the news stations and about a dozen or so protesters.’
    • ‘You could put your feet up, close your eyes and simply enjoy doing nothing for half an hour or so.’
    • ‘I will be away from my computer for the next week or so, and will be taking a break from blogging.’
    roughly, about, around, just about, round about, or so, or thereabouts, more or less, in the neighbourhood of, in the region of, in the area of, in the vicinity of, of the order of, something like, give or take, give or take a few, in round numbers, rounded down, rounded up
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