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Definition of so many 

1 : constituting an unspecified number can only read so many chapters each night

2 : constituting a group or pack behaved like so many animals

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Lampy, like so many of the people Farouk encounters, is disobeying the trees. Margot Livesey,, "Braiding lives of a Syrian refugee, a failed 23-year-old, and elderly accountant," 13 July 2018 Splitting his year between the two disciplines helped stave off the overtraining and burnout that has plagued so many talented runners—a strategy that’s now employed by top competitors like Krupicka, Foote, and Rob Krar. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Remember that everyone’s experience is different—there are so many girls out there who’ve had totally positive experiences, as well! Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "8 Girls Get Real About Their Crazy Sorority Experiences," 10 July 2018 There are so many different players who participate in care decisions, Brooks added. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "Physicians’ beliefs may override cancer patients’ wishes for end-of-life care, study finds," 9 July 2018 This act of sabotage against fellow Ministers was jaw-dropping on so many levels—even for a politician for whom ambition is like a flesh-eating disease coursing through his body. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "British prime minister, predictably, loses her loud-mouthed foreign secretary.," 9 July 2018 Opinions on Flowers’s guilt break down largely along racial lines, and the racial makeup of the juries trying Flowers, who is black, has been an important factor in why his conviction has been overturned so many times. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Journalism has a trust problem. The podcast In the Dark proposes a compelling solution.," 7 July 2018 But so many times in this defense a negative play is created by another player who doesn't end up getting the finish. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense is championship caliber," 7 July 2018 And plastic can be downcycled only so many times before ending up in a landfill. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Closing the loop on plastic recycling?," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of so many

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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