any number of

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - any number of

"any number of"

a large non-specific amount of


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - any number of

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: This is a big problem. How are we going to solve it?

Colleague 2: I believe there are any number of approaches we could take.

Colleague 1: For instance?

Colleague 2: We could take modules off-line one by one and see if we can identify which module is causing the trouble. We could uninstall the whole package and reinstall it. We could sign on as a super-user and do some diagnostics. And those are just the first three ideas that popped into my head.

Colleague 1: OK. Sounds like there are a great number of ways we could approach this issue.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - any number of

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: That restaurant you recommended was terrible.

Friend 2: That's weird. I have eaten there any number of times and it has always been great.

Friend 1: I don't care if you have eaten there a hundred times, the food was bad.

Friend 2: Sorry to hear that. I can't imagine why. I have been eating there for years with never a problem.

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any number of - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for any number of.

any number of - Examples:

1)  Dreman cites any number of studies and examples to support his main thesis: investors over-react to events, ...

2)  It was nonetheless hugely divisive, and set off any number of debates about his perceived conservatism and antagonism toward the literary avant garde.

3)  Economists and other experts say that could be the result of any number of factors, including the decline of labor unions, the explosion in capital gains ...

4)  ... transport, medevac, ramping up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, or any number of urgent battlefield needs.

5)  They are the children fighting cancer, fighting leukemia or any number of dangerous other diseases.

6)  Interns will be participating and potentially leading any number of design activities, including contextual inquiry, design validations, task analysis, comparative/competitive ...

7)  I am just saying that books can be cooked, computer programs altered, any number of crooked schemes, did anyone confirm the count against the paper ballots. 

8)  He could have done any number of things besides "just going along with it." 

9)  In previous decades, hundreds would get sick from any number of producer sourced, food born illnesses from meat products.

10)  The idea of going deeper into the jungle, into the unknown where any number of creatures stalked for prey, scared her to death. 

11)  Chasers, on the other hand, may be doing it for any number of reasons, including scientific field programs, storm photography, self-education, commercial video ...

12)  ... to allow race, nationality, religion, politics, social issues, and any number of other ideas and ideologies to continue to drive us apart and eventually, we ...

13)  ... model enables electric vehicles powered by solar energy, wind, geothermal, and any number of other renewable sources.

14)  A virtual server can have one home directory and any number of other publishing directories. These other publishing directories are referred to as virtual directories.

15)  Of course, that also means that a new game could be open to any number of approaches, from skill-based to level-based or action-based to tactical. 

16)  Thus we find that an event having occurred successively any number of times, the probability that it will happen again the next time is equal ...

17)  ... then a person of any gender might need to take time off work for any number of reasons (illness, family bereavement etc.), ...

18)  I imagined the leftovers as a contender for any number of salads and sandwiches.

19)  The artists were tied up working on any number of other pressing deadlines and didn't need distractions at this point.

20)  This has been going on for a while now. Any number of economic, environmental, and psychological problems can be said to erode a marriage.