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hundreds and thousands


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  • n. An indefinite but emphatically large number.
  • n. Tiny balls or strands of multicoloured sugar, sprinkled over ice cream, desserts or party foods.


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  • It is a matter of unfortunate record that the upsurge of violence in East Timor after the ballot on 30 August swept up not just UN staff members, but hundreds and thousands of East Timorese.

    Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

  • Luckily there were plenty of these, because a man who lived in the Moat House once went to Rome, where they throw hundreds and thousands at each other in play, and call it a Comfit Battle or Battaglia di Confetti (that's real Italian).

    The Wouldbegoods

  • "A free-running winch, nylon cord marked off in hundreds and thousands of feet."

    Ice Station Zebra

  • "History of the city of Beit-Slokh" makes mention of hundreds and thousands of martyrs slain in this city (Moesinger, "Monumenta

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • I have known some hundreds and thousands of dollars become in the credulous eyes of suitors as many millions, and a few millions become multimillions.

    My Memories of Eighty Years

  • It is truly wonderful, that so many books should have been preserved unmutilated, through hundreds and thousands of years; and during vicissitudes so great; and especially when powerful tyrants were so desirous of annihilating the religion of the Jews, and used their utmost exertions to destroy their sacred books.

    The Canon of the Old and New Testaments Ascertained, or The Bible Complete without the Apocrypha and Unwritten Traditions.


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  • Ok, I'm going crazy here! Because I'm sure I read somewhere that these are called "cents et milles" in French... apart from "nonpareils," but I can't find any reference to that. :/

    October 17, 2008

  • *snicker*

    April 11, 2008

  • Did you hear about the man they found dead, with chocolate flakes up each nostril, raspberry sauce all over his head and covered from head to toe in hundreds and thousands?

    Police say he topped himself.

    April 11, 2008

  • In Australia hundreds and thousands are small (1 to 2mm in diameter), spherical, and coloured (e.g. red, blue, yellow, orange, pink, green...), but not metallic.

    Sprinkles is a close equivalent, but not exact, because it appears from Google Images that "sprinkles" can also refer to the cylindrical (vermicelli) variation (about 1mm diameter, 2 to 3mm long). In Australia those would be called dollars and cents. Or at least they were when I was a kid.

    April 11, 2008

  • The little edible silver (or gold) balls are called dragées, are they not? The candy thingies are usually called jimmies or sprinkles, at least in my area. And now that I'm looking up nonpareils, I see that the term originally applied to the little white balls on the round chocolate discs, not the chocolate itself.

    Oh, I'm so confused. I think I'll have a candy bar.

    December 9, 2007

  • Oh, are you talking about those little silver balls?

    February 19, 2007

  • We always referred to hundreds and thousands in Ireland, where I grew up. They may not correspond to jimmies exactly; in particular, hundreds and thousands are typically spherical, look slightly metallic and include at least two different sizes. I think we used to call sprinkles vermicelli.

    February 15, 2007

  • I love it! I've heard this used in Australia. It's much better than "jimmies." :)

    February 15, 2007

  • Capital! Where is this used?

    February 15, 2007

  • February 15, 2007