One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A considerable amount or number.‘a wheen of pennies’
- ‘Darby replied: ‘That's a fair wheen of years ago, Dan.’’
- ‘There is a whole wheen of areas where we can use more effective ways to encourage arts investment.’
- ‘A fresh northerly breeze and a wheen of fresh faces took to the well-grassed sward of Old Anniesland.’
- ‘The nationalism that O'Hagan describes as ‘shaking hands with the past’ has not a wheen of history about it.’
Late Middle English: from Old English hwēne ‘in some degree’.
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