Definition of somehow in US English:



  • 1In some way; by some means.

    ‘somehow I managed to get the job done’
    • ‘I followed her words and despite the pain, I managed to somehow overcome a lot of the pain.’
    • ‘I've managed to pull my hip out of joint somehow and have stabbing pains when I stand up.’
    • ‘Well somehow we were able to finagle our way out of it and I won the game with double three.’
    • ‘At the end of the round, he somehow he got hold of our answer sheet and quibbled Every.’
    • ‘However, from inside the box he somehow managed to slide the ball past the post.’
    • ‘If you can get your hands on those somehow for free, then all you really need to pay for is tape.’
    • ‘Sorry for this rather short post, but somehow I lost time in which I could complete it.’
    • ‘This is irritating, and it'd be great if the software could override that somehow.’
    • ‘I think a couple of extra women had appeared with the band, and somehow everyone got paired up.’
    • ‘No one knows, unless you are somehow involved in the construction of the product.’
    • ‘He gets it in the bag and throws it out in this huge crowd and somehow, the bag got thrown back.’
    • ‘It has somehow gone right up the beach and into the garden, and unbelievably even into the hotel.’
    • ‘You find it very hard to follow my letter, yet you somehow found the time to write me back.’
    • ‘Probably a bad parenting move on our part, but the chores have to get done somehow, right?!’
    • ‘As ever, he managed somehow to talk her round, the mark of a charming man who led a charmed existence.’
    • ‘He has orange all round his lips and somehow he managed to get a dollop of sauce on his cheek.’
    • ‘That little man inside my heart or inside my gut feels that somehow it should work out.’
    • ‘Huge crowds are going to be driving into the city - they have got to get in somehow.’
    • ‘You wonder if not being an international company will somehow count in our favour, or what.’
    • ‘He hasn't done a full days' work since the 70s but still somehow manages to live like a king.’
    by some means, by any means, by any means whatsoever, in some way, one way or another, in one way or another, no matter how, somehow or other, by fair means or foul, by hook or by crook, come what may, come hell or high water
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    1. 1.1 For a reason that is not known or specified.
      ‘he looked different somehow’
      • ‘It was too much, somehow, to expect something as poetic as a bridge to survive so barbarous a war.’
      • ‘Indie snobs think anything that isn't difficult to like in some way is somehow inferior to pop.’
      • ‘He had managed to explain things in such a way that he somehow made some sense.’
      • ‘Well, they were all nice and sympathetic, which was somehow worse in a weird way.’
      • ‘Rate rise fears somehow fails to capture the full dynamic behind this sudden wave of selling.’
      • ‘We knew he was somehow different but were captivated by his knowledge and sense of fun.’
      • ‘Natai was right, he wasn't the angel he had once been, and he was different somehow.’
      • ‘But somehow he never seemed to find time or the opening to write what he really wanted.’
      • ‘Yet somehow, we don't seem to be able to put our principles where our mouths are.’
      • ‘Anakin was a farce and the script was awful, but somehow the lack of irony was refreshing in this day and age.’
      • ‘A load of people kind of just jumped on it as if it somehow made any difference to the book.’
      • ‘Yet somehow the film's many parts never manage to cohere into a satisfying whole.’
      • ‘The sun shines brighter but in a slightly different spectrum, off to one side, somehow.’
      • ‘I wonder if this law extends to cover police horses, or are they somehow exempt from this law?’
      • ‘The member had the hide to come into this place and say that somehow it is all right.’
      • ‘We laughed at ourselves, but for some reason we somehow never made it back to his little shop.’
      • ‘This somehow makes you nostalgic for a time you didn't know and wouldn't want to go back to anyway.’
      • ‘Are the Downers in this country somehow worse off than people at the bottom of the heap elsewhere?’
      • ‘My beard has a healthy hint of ginger to it, and somehow I don't think that would look right on my face.’
      • ‘The young fellow will be easy to find in the phone book when he grows up, but the name is somehow appropriate.’