Anything like
Anything A"ny*thing, n. 1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it for anything. [1913 Webster]

Did you ever know of anything so unlucky? --A. Trollope. [1913 Webster]

They do not know that anything is amiss with them. --W. G. Sumner. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with as or like. [Colloq. or Lowx] [1913 Webster]

I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything. --Richardson. [1913 Webster]

Note: Any thing, written as two words, is now commonly used in contradistinction to any person or anybody. Formerly it was also separated when used in the wider sense. ``Necessity drove them to undertake any thing and venture any thing.'' --De Foe. [1913 Webster]

{Anything but}, not at all or in any respect. ``The battle was a rare one, and the victory anything but secure.'' --Hawthorne.

{Anything like}, in any respect; at all; as, I can not give anything like a fair sketch of his trials. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • anything\ like — • anything like • anywhere near adv Nearly. Used in negative, interrogative, and conditional sentences, often in the negative forms nothing like or nowhere near . It s not anything like as hot today as it was yesterday. Do you think that gold… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • anything like — adverb : in any way : to any extent : at all give anything like an adequate image of the phonetic facts R.M.S.Heffner * * * anything like phrase similar to someone or something else in some way Is Tom anything like his brother? Thesaurus: similar …   Useful english dictionary

  • anything like — or[anywhere near] {adv.} Nearly. Used in negative, interrogative, and conditional sentences, often in the negative forms nothing like or nowhere near . * /It s not anything like as hot today as it was yesterday./ * /Do you think that gold ring is …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • anything like — or[anywhere near] {adv.} Nearly. Used in negative, interrogative, and conditional sentences, often in the negative forms nothing like or nowhere near . * /It s not anything like as hot today as it was yesterday./ * /Do you think that gold ring is …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • anything like - — [with negative] at all like (used for emphasis) it doesn t taste anything like wine …   Useful english dictionary

  • anything like — phrasal in any way ; at all < it s not anything like as good as it used to be > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • anything like — similar to someone or something else in some way Is Tom anything like his brother? …   English dictionary

  • anything, like —  Very. Much …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • anything like with negative — at all like. → anything …   English new terms dictionary

  • anything like somebody — anything like sb/sth idiom (informal) (used in questions and negative statements) similar to sb/sth • He isn t anything like my first boss. Main entry: ↑anythingidiom …   Useful english dictionary

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