(of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct (Freq. 26)

lasted approximately an hour


in just about a minute


he's about 30 years old


I've had about all I can stand


we meet about once a month


some forty people came


weighs around a hundred pounds


roughly $3,000


holds 3 gallons, more or less


20 or so people were at the party

about, ↑close to, ↑just about, ↑some, ↑roughly, ↑more or less, ↑around, ↑or so

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